11th Hour technicians are the experts to call on 24 hours a day for Tear Gas Cleanup in Minnesota. Our company provides a large variety of difficult, labor intensive, and hazardous clean-up services for our customers. Cleaning tear gas powder and residue is one of the most daunting and time consuming tasks our staff is trained to accomplish. Many properties contaminated with tear gas (also know as mace, riot gas, or pepper spray) require multiple treatments and applications with state of the art decontamination equipment and specialized technology. The main chemicals used by law enforcement are most commonly chloroacetophenone (CS) chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CN) or dibenzoxazepine (CR) and are specifically developed to disable humans. This makes the remediation process for anyone untrained or inexperienced attempting to clean the area an extremely complicated procedure. (We do not recommend you make any attempt at performing remediation on your own)
Most State Health and Environmental Departments recommend using companies experienced and certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Biorecovery, such as 11th Hour. Even limited exposure to tear gas can result in shortness of breath, headache, coughing, vomiting, burning of the skin and throat, rashes, allergic reactions, profuse tearing of the eyes, watery nose, and an increase in irritability. Studies have shown acute and long-lasting health effects through testing and research, along with reports that tear gas can also cause damage to the heart and liver. Contrary to their name, riot agents and gases are not actually in gaseous form, it is a mixture of a volatile solvent and a solid. Combined with certain chemicals or heat, it produces an aerosol causing a fine mist or “cloud” which works by releasing an inhalant that infiltrates the mucous membranes. Typically this leaves behind a white, pink, or yellow substance and will generally penetrate several walls, doors as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
There is no such thing as an “easy” cleanup for this line of work, and tear gas powder will not go away or dissipate on its own over time. If all residue is not completely eliminated, the irritating effects can last for months or years. Our proprietary process of removing, cleaning and neutralizing CS, CN, or CR powder is proven and successful which is why 11th Hour is the premier company for Tear Gas Cleanup throughout the entire State of Minnesota and beyond.
What to do if your property has been contaminated with tear gas?
- Call 11th Hour. We will speak to your insurance and start filing the claims process.
- Find, close and shut down your HVAC system and vents immediately.
- Contain any exit of the affected area with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Do not enter the premises more than that, it can lead to cross contamination.
- Make a list of all items you need cleaned. Porous items can rarely be salvaged.
- Find a friend or hotel to stay at, we may be able to bill insurance for the expense.
Tear Gas and Homicide or Suicide Cleanup
Unfortunately, many instances where SWAT teams or Police officers are forced to use non-violent means of extraction to remove a suspect from a building often lead to violent conclusions. Although the goal is to retain surrender of a fugitive and make an arrest, many times officers are forced to use their field weapons. The fugitive also may decide to take their own life, or the lives of hostages often resulting in Homicide or Suicide cleanup. Job sites that requires blood and bodily fluid as well as tear gas cleaning is not uncommon, and we have the expertise to return your property back to safe and liveable conditions. Call the cleanup and decontamination experts at 11th Hour for a free confidential consultation, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 1 (877) 797-7035