Bear repellent spray incident causes disruption on Tokaido Shinkansen Line

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JR Hamamatsu Station

2nd December 2023 – (Shizuoka) A Tokaido Shinkansen Line train came to a halt at JR Hamamatsu Station in Shizuoka Prefecture on Saturday evening due to an alarming incident involving the release of a substance believed to be bear repellent spray. According to local media reports, at least five passengers fell ill as a result.

The affected passengers reportedly experienced symptoms such as sore eyes, irritated throats, and other discomforts. Firefighters at the scene identified the released substance as the type commonly used to repel bears, as stated by NHK.

As a precautionary measure, all passengers were promptly evacuated from the Tokyo-bound train. JR Central, the railway company responsible for the Shinkansen line, initiated an investigation into the incident. Consequently, some delays were experienced by other trains operating on the line. NHK footage displayed a significant presence of ambulances and fire trucks outside JR Hamamatsu Station.