Ferguson man finds pepper balls used for crowd control from riots

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Sixty-two-year-old Darrell Burgess is concerned about four red balls he found at his apartment complex located behind the burned down QuikTrip in Ferguson. Burgess believes they are rubber bullets police in riot gear fired on protesters during demonstrations after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Burgess says when two of the balls fell out of his pocket and hit the ground, they released smoke that made him sick. "It was like mace or pepper spray. It shut my throat down and made me throw up. I couldn't see. I couldn't breathe," said Burgess. The balls are a little larger than a marble and look like candy. Burgess is concerned children will find the balls, he believes are scattered all over the city and eat them thinking they're candy. "It's toxic. It'll kill you," Burgess said.

Law enforcement officials say they did not fire rubber bullets during the unrest in Ferguson, but add pepper balls were used and that's probably what Burgess found. Whatever the case, Burgess says the debris needs to be cleaned up before someone gets hurt.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson made it clear his officers did not fire any rubber bullets or pepper balls into the crowd during the demonstrations and adds his department would be more than happy to assist with any cleanup efforts with off duty officers and volunteers.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says his officers did not fire any pepper balls during the demonstrations. He adds that his department would be more than happy to help with any cleanup efforts with off duty officers and volunteers.

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