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Local briefs 12/21

December 23, 2002

Tear gas leak causes jewelry store evacuation



A tear gas leak led to the temporary evacuation of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in downtown Hagerstown on Friday, Hagerstown Fire Capt. Justin Mayhue said.

Firefighters responded to the jewelry store on Public Square at about 10:45 a.m. after store employees reported smelling the tear gas, Mayhue said.

The gas - an irritant that causes tearing, coughing and sneezing - was kept in a safe holding valuables for security reasons, store owner Tom Newcomer said.

The gas canister was probably accidentally punctured, causing the liquid tear gas to leak, Newcomer said.

"It was a minor thing in terms of disruption," he said. "The tear gas is gone and business is back to normal."

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It took firefighters about one hour to clean up the leak, Mayhue said.




Museum of FIne Arts to close on holidays



Because of the holiday season, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The museum is always closed on Mondays.




W.Va. park announces holiday schedule



HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The superintendent of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has announced that the park will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Harpers Ferry Historical Association's Bookshop on Shenandoah Street will also be closed on those holidays.

The park will reopen the day after each holiday at 8 a.m.

For additional information on schedules and events, call 1-304-535-6298.




No changes in trash pickup during holidays



The Engineering and Inspections Department of the City of Hagerstown has announced there will be no change in the trash collection schedule for the weeks of Dec. 23 through Jan. 5, 2003.

All set-outs shall be no earlier than 4 p.m. on the day prior to collection, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

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