Commuters on Melbourne tram left ‘coughing and crying’ after mystery woman boarded and sprayed unknown substance
- A woman sprayed an aerosol can on the Melbourne tram
- The tram was evacuated at the next stop.
Police are investigating after a bizarre incident that resulted in the evacuation of a Melbourne tram.
Some 60 people were aboard the tram at the Bourke St Mall at 2:20pm Friday when an unidentified woman entered and sprayed an “unknown substance” before leaving.
The tram was evacuated at the next stop when firefighters boarded before determining the substance was not harmful.
Witnesses to the emergency response said passengers on board were coughing and crying, leading to speculation that the spray was pepper spray.
“When I came back the door was closing and someone was spraying,” Jackie told 7NEWS.
“They were saying it was pepper spray, and it felt spicy, and they all started coughing.”
A Melbourne tram was evacuated on Friday afternoon after a woman sprayed a mysterious spray substance before fleeing (firefighters on scene pictured)
Witnesses said passengers were coughing and crying before the tram (above) was evacuated at the next stop.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said a baby boy and his 31-year-old mother were tested at the scene but did not go to hospital.
“An unidentified female is believed to have entered the tram on Bourke Street, before spraying the unknown substance from an aerosol can into the air,” it said.
The circumstances surrounding the incident have yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing.
“Anyone with information or CCTV footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.”
Crime Stoppers can be contacted by calling 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.