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6.1 - Poison 4.1 - Flammable solid
Chemical Identifiers | Hazards | Response Recommendations | Physical Properties | Regulatory Information | Alternate Chemical Names

Chemical Identifiers

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CAS Number UN/NA Number DOT Hazard Label USCG CHRIS Code
  • Poison
  • Flammable Solid
NFPA 704
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NIOSH Pocket Guide International Chem Safety Card
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General Description
Devices containing lachrymator (tear producing) substances and mechanism for expelling the gas. Used in crowd control. Generally contain 2-chloroacetophenone (phenacyl chloride), a white crystalline solid with a floral odor. This compound is insoluble in water, but soluble in acetone, benzene and carbon disulfide. Melting point 133°F (56°C). Strong irritant to eyes and tissue as gas or liquid.


The Hazard fields include special hazard alerts, air and water reactions, fire hazards, health hazards, a reactivity profile, and details about reactive groups assignments and potentially incompatible absorbents. The information in CAMEO Chemicals comes from a variety of data sources.
Reactivity Alerts
Air & Water Reactions
Most likely active chemical ingredient reacts slowly with water or moisture in air to form hydrogen chloride.
Fire Hazard
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

Some of these materials may burn, but none ignite readily. Containers may explode when heated. (ERG, 2016)
Health Hazard
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

Inhalation of vapors or dust is extremely irritating. May cause burning of eyes and flow of tears. May cause coughing, difficult breathing and nausea. Brief exposure effects last only a few minutes. Exposure in an enclosed area may be very harmful. Fire will produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases. Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution. (ERG, 2016)
Reactivity Profile
TEAR GAS GRENADES most often contain 2-CHLOROACETOPHENONE as their active component. This compound reacts slowly with metals causing mild corrosion. Reacts slowly with water or moisture in air to form hydrogen chloride.
Belongs to the Following Reactive Group(s)
Potentially Incompatible Absorbents

No information available.

Response Recommendations

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Isolation and Evacuation
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

As an immediate precautionary measure, isolate spill or leak area in all directions for at least 50 meters (150 feet) for liquids and at least 25 meters (75 feet) for solids.

SPILL: Increase, in the downwind direction, as necessary, the isolation distance shown above.

FIRE: If tank, rail car or tank truck is involved in a fire, ISOLATE for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions; also, consider initial evacuation for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions. (ERG, 2016)
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

SMALL FIRE: Dry chemical, CO2, water spray or regular foam.

LARGE FIRE: Water spray, fog or regular foam. Move containers from fire area if you can do it without risk. Dike fire-control water for later disposal; do not scatter the material.

FIRE INVOLVING TANKS OR CAR/TRAILER LOADS: Fight fire from maximum distance or use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles. Do not get water inside containers. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out. Withdraw immediately in case of rising sound from venting safety devices or discoloration of tank. ALWAYS stay away from tanks engulfed in fire. For massive fire, use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles; if this is impossible, withdraw from area and let fire burn. (ERG, 2016)
Non-Fire Response
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

Do not touch or walk through spilled material. Stop leak if you can do it without risk. Fully encapsulating, vapor-protective clothing should be worn for spills and leaks with no fire.

SMALL SPILL: Pick up with sand or other non-combustible absorbent material and place into containers for later disposal.

LARGE SPILL: Dike far ahead of liquid spill for later disposal. Prevent entry into waterways, sewers, basements or confined areas. (ERG, 2016)
Protective Clothing
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Wear chemical protective clothing that is specifically recommended by the manufacturer. It may provide little or no thermal protection. Structural firefighters' protective clothing provides limited protection in fire situations ONLY; it is not effective in spill situations where direct contact with the substance is possible. (ERG, 2016)
DuPont Tychem® Suit Fabrics
No information available.
First Aid
Excerpt from ERG Guide 159 [Substances (Irritating)]:

Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves. Move victim to fresh air. Call 911 or emergency medical service. Give artificial respiration if victim is not breathing. Do not use mouth-to-mouth method if victim ingested or inhaled the substance; give artificial respiration with the aid of a pocket mask equipped with a one-way valve or other proper respiratory medical device. Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult. Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes. In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes. For minor skin contact, avoid spreading material on unaffected skin. Keep victim calm and warm. Effects should disappear after individual has been exposed to fresh air for approximately 10 minutes. (ERG, 2016)

Physical Properties

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Flash Point: data unavailable
Lower Explosive Limit (LEL): data unavailable
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Water Solubility: data unavailable
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AEGLs (Acute Exposure Guideline Levels)

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ERPGs (Emergency Response Planning Guidelines)

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PACs (Protective Action Criteria)

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Regulatory Information

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EPA Consolidated List of Lists

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DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

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Alternate Chemical Names

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