Can of bear spray explodes inside pickup truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Kamloops, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
BC Timber Sales
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Sometime between July 27 and August 7 while a pickup truck was not in use, a large can of bear spray exploded inside the cab (see photo in attached pdf).

During this period of time the outside temperatures reached upwards of 39 degrees. It was probably a combination of extreme heat inside the truck and the fact that the bear spray was past the expiry date.

The explosion left a thin oily layer of extremely hot Capsaicin throughout the cab of the truck. The truck remained unusable until cleaned by a professional cleaning company.

This should serve as a reminder that bear spray is not to be left inside the cab of the vehicle and should always be inside the protective carrying case during travel. Remember to check the expiry date on all cans of bear spray and replace when necessary.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Keep bear spray in plastic screw cap containers

• Do not leave inside cab of truck

• Check expiry date routinely

• Do not store in high temperatures

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Richard Cooper, RPF Certification Standards Officer, Kamloops Timber Sales Office BC Timber Sales Richard.Cooper@gov.bc.ca


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