Bear spray empties Baptist church in Anchorage

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Authorities in Alaska say a church congregation in Anchorage evacuated Sunday morning services because of a carbon monoxide scare that turned out to be bear spray someone shot off in the basement.

KTUU reports (http://bit.ly/AzN6Y2 ) 200 people fled Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church due to the strange smell and irritated throats.

Firefighters ventilated the church with fans. Anchorage police are investigating.