LEOs alerted to dangers presented by suicide method using noxious gas
PoliceOne has learned from several reliable sources that a new way to commit suicide has been discovered which can cause a serious safety hazard to first responders. A compound created by mixing two over-the-counter chemicals produces “heat and a flammable, noxious gas that causes the subject to pass out and the heart stop within minutes,” according to documents obtained by PoliceOne. “The process appears to be quick and painless.”
The two chemicals, which can be easily obtained in stores, are Bonide, a sulfur spray used as an insecticide for fruit trees and hydrochloric acid (also known as muriatic acid and spirits of salt).