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originally posted by: defcon5
originally posted by: WhiteAlice
I'm guessing that maybe there was a mix? A few pics of canisters coming through on twitter and one is definitely smoke:
that's CS smoke.
CS is tear gas.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
CS smoke sounds like a mixture of both to me, maybe I'm wrong tho
The compound 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (also called o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile) (chemical formula: C10H5ClN2), a cyanocarbon, is the defining component of a tear gas commonly referred to as CS gas, which is used as a riot control agent. CS gas is an aerosol of a volatile solvent (a substance that dissolves other active substances and that easily evaporates) and 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, which is a solid compound at room temperature. CS gas is generally accepted as being non-lethal. It was discovered by two Americans, Ben Corson and Roger Stoughton, at Middlebury College in 1928, and the chemical's name is derived from the first letters of the scientists' surnames.
What is tear gas? The most commonly used tear gas contains the chemical agent 2- chlorobenzaldene malononitrile (CS). Despite its name, tear gas is not a gas, but an aerosol. CS is solid at room temperature and mixed with liquid or gas dispersal agents when used as a weapon designed to activate pain-sensing nerves. Early forms of the tear gas were first used in World War I, both by France and Germany.
Many types of tear gas and other riot control agents have been produced with effects ranging from mild tearing of the eyes to immediate vomiting and prostration. CN and CS are the most widely used and known, but around 15 different types of tear gas have been developed worldwide e.g., adamsite or bromoacetone, CNB, and CNC. CS has become the most popular due to its strong effect and lack of toxicity in comparison with other similar chemical agents. The effect of CS on a person will depend on whether it is packaged as a solution or used as an aerosol. The size of solution droplets and the size of the CS particulates after evaporation are factors determining its effect on the human body. The chemical reacts with moisture on the skin and in the eyes, causing a burning sensation and the immediate forceful and uncontrollable shutting of the eyes. Effects usually include tears streaming from the eyes, profuse coughing, exceptional nasal discharge that is full of mucus, burning in the eyes, eyelids, nose and throat areas, disorientation, dizziness and restricted breathing. It will also burn the skin where sweaty and/or sunburned. In highly concentrated doses it can also induce severe coughing and vomiting. Almost all of the immediate effects wear off within an hour (such as exceptional nasal discharge and profuse coughing), although the feeling of burning and highly irritated skin may persist for hours. Affected clothing will need to be washed several times or thrown away.
Today 2:59 AM EDT
CONFIRMED: Tear Gas Used
MSNBC confirmed with police that some tear gas was used on Ferguson curfew-breakers.
KMOV also reported the police confirmation. After speaking with Missouri Highway Patrol, tear gas was fired following smoke bombs.
originally posted by: ikonoklast
Fox news just reported that 'protesters' were seen with guns before the gunshots, that the 'protesters' were told by someone that they could come back tomorrow and protest. The 'protesters' responded, "There is no tomorrow." Soon after those 'protesters' began shooting at police. Police returned fire.
I think they used the term 'protesters' too loosely, but I guess that explains at least some of the gunshots.
I don't know anymore, that's just what they just reported.