Angry lovebirds suspected of setting off gas leak fear

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Guests fled a Pattaya hotel amid fears of a gas leak later suspected to be pepper sprayed used during an argument between a foreigner and his Thai girlfriend.

About 20 people from the Hong Residence on Soi 4 fled into the street, claiming they smelled gas and were fearful of an explosion May 14.

Residents gather outside the Hong Residence on Soi 4 after fearing there was a gas leak inside. Residents gather outside the Hong Residence on Soi 4 after fearing there was a gas leak inside.

Police and fire units investigated the third floor, where the smell was evident. However, investigators determined it was not gas. They believe it was pepper-spray and was used by a quarrelling couple.

However, a search of the couple’s room turned up no evidence of the spray nor was either of the two angry lovebirds suffering any ill effects.