'I Accidentally Blew It Up:' Man Arrested With Bear Repellent On MBTA

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Gregory Gomes. (MBTA Transit Police)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Dorchester man was arrested Tuesday evening after MBTA Transit Police said he sprayed bear repellent inside a Red Line train car.

Officers responding to a call about someone spraying "an irritant from a can" on the train said they found Gregory Gomes, 34, laying down on the platform at Andrew Square Station around 6:43 p.m.

"I accidentally blew it up," officers said Gomes told them, as he showed them a can of bear repellent spray in his backpack.

A witness told the officers Gomes had taken the spray out of his backpack while riding the train and sprayed it for a few seconds, leaving those sitting near him with eye discomfort.

TPD said three people were treated and released at the scene by Boston EMS for respiratory distress and eye irritation.

Police took Gomes into custody "after a brief struggle." He is charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, as well as resisting arrest.

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