"Intentional" Gas Leak Injures Furry Convention Attendees

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"Intentional" Gas Leak Injures Furry Convention Attendees

Police believe a chlorine gas leak was meant to cause harm during Midwest FurFest last weekend.

A chlorine gas leak interrupted the annual furry convention Midwest FurFest Sunday morning as the Hyatt Regency O'Hare at in Rosemont, Illinois, evacuated the hotel at 1:10 a.m. following reports of a chemical odor. First responders determined the odor to be a high level of chlorine gas, which police believe was intentionally caused.

Rosemont police stated the manner the substance was released, consistent with powdered chlorine, "suggests an intentional act." Police are investigating the incident as a criminal matter.

Hazmat teams found the source of the chlorine in a stairwell on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. After evacuating, 19 people complained of nausea and dizziness and were then transported to local hospitals. Hyatt Regency O'Hare stated some of those individuals were released by later Sunday morning.

Guests attending Midwest FurFest, a convention for people interested in anthropomorphic animals, moved to the Stephens Convention Center for warmth and shelter after police determined an investigation would take more time. The hotel reopened at 4:20 a.m., according to Midwest FurFest.

"As we wake up today we want to continue to provide the best possible convention that we can, despite the trying circumstances," Midwest Furfest stated Sunday morning on its website. "The convention will be running on a full normal programming schedule today. We ask you to continue to be patient, and remember that the volunteers who make Midwest FurFest happen intend to give 110% to make sure that the fun, friendship, and good times of Midwest FurFest 2014 overshadow last night's unfortunate incident.

Neither the convention nor the hotel will offer refunds because the incident was an "unforeseen possibly criminal act."

Source: Midwest Furfest via Chicago Tribune

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Urgh that's horrible.
Glad to hear no one was seriously injured.

I wonder if someone/somegroup will claim this as an attack. Furries have been the butt of many jokes and hate on the internet for years now so it's not that hard to think that someone did it intentional.

I wonder why this isn't bigger news, it's awefully close to terrorism but none of the major news outlets mentio anything.

Regardless of how a person may feel about the furry fandom,
that's no excuse to do something like this.

False Messiah:
Furries have been the butt of many jokes and hate on the internet for years now so it's not that hard to think that someone did it intentional.

I wonder why this isn't bigger news, it's awefully close to terrorism but none of the major news outlets mentio anything.

You've already answered your own question. Not many people immersed in internet culture understand furries, and even FEWER of those outside it do. A major news network reporting on a possible attempt to murder a convention of people who at the least are fascinated with anthropomorphic animals and at the most believe they ARE anthropomorphic animals would leave many a dim-witted viewer confused and enraged at what they believe to be a vile concept. It would completely overshadow the criminal act itself.

Can you imagine how Fox "News" would report on this? Those assholes make me want to vomit enough as it is.

Jesus! >.>
The hate's getting more real every day...

That's just plain nasty. I don't get furries but I don't wish any harm on them. I'm honestly surprised that there were no deaths considering chlorine gas pretty much melts the lungs on contact.

They keep themselves contained in their own little spaces of the internet these days and don't bother the rest of us most of the time so I think they deserve the chance to have a con from time to time where they can let their inhibitions out in person. As long as they're not hurting anyone no one should care.

templar1138a:
Can you imagine how Fox "News" would report on this? Those assholes make me want to vomit enough as it is.

You know, amusingly enough.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/08/chlorine-gas-leak-at-chicago-area-hotel-hosting-furries-convention-sickens-1/

They have.

And... It's actually.. Well, it's not bad, actually.

Weird, you read about this kind of crap, but never think it's going to happen to people you know.

At least nobody was badly hurt, small bonuses.

Maybe somebody will claim this, but my money is on random nutjob who's going to slink off into the pit they crawled from.

Ya know I'm not exactly a huge fan of furries (yes I know what my avatar is, Its more the community, the fursuits and the whole "fursonna" thing that bothers me, not the art) but make no mistake, chemical weapons are not EVER a valid response to fandoms you don't like. If this was really a intentional malicious act the person/s responsible need to be caught ASAP because they are clearly sociopaths and fully willing to harm and potential kill others for immensely petty reasons.

As a Brony this is the kind of threats I often see from extreme anti-Bronies and I have Furry friends and I know that they get the same kind of threats.

But I always assumed it was just gutless online threats from people who are insecure about themselves, I never thought someone would actually DO it.
Then again the hatred and ignorance from some people is beyond trolling.

I hope whoever did this is caught and justice brought upon them, a good few or more years in jail would straighten them out.

Geez, that's awful! I can only imagine how bad it would be if someone had pulled something like this at a con as big as SDCC. Glad it wasn't worse and hoping that those hospitalized make full and swift recoveries.

The Lunatic:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/08/chlorine-gas-leak-at-chicago-area-hotel-hosting-furries-convention-sickens-1/

They have.

And... It's actually.. Well, it's not bad, actually.

They still say it was a sci-fi convention, so they are still out of touch, but at least they didn't discriminate intentionally. The vibe I got was more stupidity, but that's Fox News.

I just hope we see some arrests for this.

Okay, to be blunt... I don't care for the furry subculture in general. I don't join in the mocking but unless it gets really bad I don't stand against it either.

This... this is evil. I hope whatever twisted waste of life thought gassing a group of people they didn't like was an appropriate action gets treated as a domestic terrorist by Homeland Security.

major_chaos:
chemical weapons are not EVER a valid response to fandoms you don't like.

...

I agree with you, but it just struck me that this is something that actually needs to be said.

Jesus Christ Chlorine gas is no joke! They used that shit in WW1! People could have had their lungs melted... luckily it clearly wasn't as potent... luckily.

Has anyone questioned the local PETA office? :P

This is sick. I've been to Anthrocon with my girlfriend. She's a furry (has a quadsuit she made and everything) and I'm a minor furry. The people at this con were some of the nicest I've ever met. While some probably were, the majority of them weren't having Caligula-esque blood orgies in their hotel rooms while a guy in a wolf suit windmills his penis for the delight of the crowd. They were just people who like animals.

I'm also upset that the hotel isn't offering refunds. If I were to get poisoned on someone else's property through no fault of my own, you better bet I'd be getting my money back. They are responsible for their guests.

major_chaos:
Ya know I'm not exactly a huge fan of furries (yes I know what my avatar is, Its more the community, the fursuits and the whole "fursonna" thing that bothers me, not the art) but make no mistake, chemical weapons are not EVER a valid response to fandoms you don't like. If this was really a intentional malicious act the person/s responsible need to be caught ASAP because they are clearly sociopaths and fully willing to harm and potential kill others for immensely petty reasons.

I mostly want to highlight that one sentence there "Chemical weapons are not ever a valid response" the simple fact that this sentence exists is one of those things that I feel the need to laugh nervously about because that's freaking scary. In all seriousness if this is something you need to be told maybe you need to be in a padded room.

I'll be honest I laughed my ass off when I heard about it. Mainly because my mom had called me up because she was at a Bridal show next door and she told me there was some kind of cartoon convention next door and that she heard there was a gas leak. Hours later when I turned on the news I found out it was a furry convention I couldn't help but laugh. I was tempted to tell my mom who they were and what a furry is, but I think I'll let her live in a bliss where these were just people dressing up as their favorite cartoons.

Before you decide to post a joke or laugh at this:

Chlorine gas enters the lungs via the victim's airway. On contact with water, the chlorine forms hydrochloric acid, HCl. Victims feel excruciating pain as acid is generated inside their lungs, throat, and mouth. The chemical reaction is also exothermic, and can burn victims to cause additional tissue damage.

Think for a minute about this before you decide to laugh or make fun of these people.

I don't understand the hate towards furries and therians, personally. You'll hear plenty of eccentrics claim they've remembered some of their past lives or that they're psychic vampires or just plain old sensitives, and yet as soon as someone says something along the lines of "I'm not attracted to the human form while still recognizing bestiality for what it is", the pitchforks are raised.

I'm not a furry myself; my interest in anthropomorphic animals is mostly based in literature, anthropology and character design. Animals given human features tend to magnify several human responses, and I've seen a few European comic artists use the anthro concept to stunning effect. If you've got time, look up Dark Horse's English translations of Juanjo Guarnido's "Blacksad" series, or one of the perennial classics in the genre - Stan Sakai's Usaji Yojimbo.

No matter which way you put it, there's never any bestiality to be found in the Furry fandom. Even those with a pretty strong sexual interest in normal animal physiologies tend to rationalize their fantasies by saying "Well, that particular character is a *sapient* wolf, and I imagine her as being consenting."

If it's nothing but a fantasy and no actual animals have had to suffer from that interest, then what's wrong with being a member of this particular subculture? That's what I'd want to ask the holier-than-thou types, if I could. Furries aren't so fragile in their belief systems and morals that they're two or three Rule 34 imagesets away from trying to get freaky on wild animals.

ah at least the threads relating to the event on this forum doesnt have users saying "those dog f*ckers deserve it" and other things trying to justify this action like on *cough* facepunch *cough*

Some people dont realize we are human beings just like them, nobody deserves to be victims of this terrorist act. just because someone thinks "OHH FURRIES ARE WEIRD" doesnt give anybody ANY right to commit this act of hate towards us.

Rednog:
I'll be honest I laughed my ass off when I heard about it. Mainly because my mom had called me up because she was at a Bridal show next door and she told me there was some kind of cartoon convention next door and that she heard there was a gas leak. Hours later when I turned on the news I found out it was a furry convention I couldn't help but laugh. I was tempted to tell my mom who they were and what a furry is, but I think I'll let her live in a bliss where these were just people dressing up as their favorite cartoons.

And then you realize that you are laughing at a rather large amount of people begin attacked with a chemical weapon that is extremely deadly and painful.

Well that's a historic event: The first genuine act of attempted "fursectution" ever.

I've been briefly fumigated by chlorine gas before (a train carrying the stuff derailed near my workplace back in 06'); it's nasty shit. More than a whiff of it and it feels like you're vomiting out your lungs.

I'm no friend of furries, but they have my sympathy here...and anger if that was really intentional.

Thats attempted murder times 19, plus a literal terrorist act. This idiot is going to jail the moment hes stupid enough to brag about it online. Because you know those idiots tend to do so just to talk how bad ass they are for picking on a culture they think is beneath themselves.

Micalas:
I'm also upset that the hotel isn't offering refunds. If I were to get poisoned on someone else's property through no fault of my own, you better bet I'd be getting my money back. They are responsible for their guests.

I read somewhere that they were at least ponying up for everyone's hospital bills, but that hasn't been verified. Depending on whether or not they all had insurance, that could have been worth far more than what they paid to attend.

This has got to be one of the dumbest "attacks" I've ever seen. Did a 5-year-old think this out?

Anyway though, as a furry, I can't believe people are still laying into us like this. I thought we were passed this a long time ago.

In any case, I can only hope the perpetrator will be outed as being from another subculture. Oh, that would be glorious: "Sanguinarian Plotted to Murder Furries" or "Deranged Steampunk Fan Saw Furries as Creatures of the Devil". If that's the case, this wonderful idiot would get to be excoriated by not only one group, but two!

The Lunatic:

You know, amusingly enough.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/08/chlorine-gas-leak-at-chicago-area-hotel-hosting-furries-convention-sickens-1/

They have.

And... It's actually.. Well, it's not bad, actually.

I just read the same article. I saw someone's earlier comment that none of the major news outlets were reporting on the incident, so I decided to see for myself if this was true.

I was thoroughly surprised at the, um....tempered nature of the Fox report. I even chuckled a little at a few of the segments, including the ending quip.

That said, neither CNN nor MSNBC have reported on the incident yet.

As for the incident itself:
If this was indeed intentional, then it should be viewed as a terrorist attack and those responsible should be accused of 19 counts of attempted murder.

The truly sad part is, I've already heard people 'defend' the attack because they believe it was probably just a prank. Using chlorine gas as a prank is like walking into a crowded store with a loaded assault rifle and firing it aimlessly around the display floor. Even if you somehow don't kill anyone, the act is not a joke.

Though.....the fact that the attendees, as they were evacuated from the convention hall, were ferried into the adjacent hall wherein a dog show was taking place, was kind of funny.

While authorities conducted their investigation, organizers tried to assure the participants that the evacuation would not overshadow the convention. But attendees seemed to think the evacuation was part of the fun - particularly those who recalled being herded into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as it was hosting a dog show.

"In walk all these people dressed like dogs and foxes," said Pieter Van Hiel, a 40-year-old technical writer from Hamilton, Canada, chuckling as he thought back to the scene.

Rednog:
I'll be honest I laughed my ass off when I heard about it. Mainly because my mom had called me up because she was at a Bridal show next door and she told me there was some kind of cartoon convention next door and that she heard there was a gas leak. Hours later when I turned on the news I found out it was a furry convention I couldn't help but laugh. I was tempted to tell my mom who they were and what a furry is, but I think I'll let her live in a bliss where these were just people dressing up as their favorite cartoons.

Cause a bunch of people being harmed and could have been killed by chemical substances is fucking hilarious. Yeah, ok.

OT: All of them have my sympathies. It's too bad it might be difficult to find the culprits, but who knows, maybe a lead will pop up somehow? Doubt it, but we can hope for *some* kind of justice, right?

seris:
ah at least the threads relating to the event on this forum doesnt have users saying "those dog f*ckers deserve it" and other things trying to justify this action like on *cough* facepunch *cough*

Some people dont realize we are human beings just like them, nobody deserves to be victims of this terrorist act. just because someone thinks "OHH FURRIES ARE WEIRD" doesnt give anybody ANY right to commit this act of hate towards us.

Damn straight. Honestly, I was expecting at least one post that went along those lines, but to my surprise, people have been pretty cool about it. Good on you, Escapists~

seris:
ah at least the threads relating to the event on this forum doesnt have users saying "those dog f*ckers deserve it" and other things trying to justify this action like on *cough* facepunch *cough*

Some people dont realize we are human beings just like them, nobody deserves to be victims of this terrorist act. just because someone thinks "OHH FURRIES ARE WEIRD" doesnt give anybody ANY right to commit this act of hate towards us.

To be fair, Furries are weird by definition being "outside of the norm", something that triggers human nature in many that results in acts of violence. But no, this is wrong on many levels.

The use of gas makes this a lot worse than typical gut reaction acts of violence. It not only marks a certain level of planning and forethought, but a defined malevolence that supersedes normal hatred. Chlorine poisoning is a very nasty way to die, something someone planning the dispersal of the agent would have learned, and they didn't care. There are reasons that chemical weapons are banned by the Geneva Conventions, because it is far more merciful to be knifed or shot than gassed. This is a sick person and deserves the full penalty of their actions and more.

Not going to lie, the whole furry thing weirds me out a bit (ok a lot) but Fuck me!That's just not something you do, to anyone.

major_chaos:
chemical weapons are not EVER a valid response to fandoms you don't like. If this was really a intentional malicious act the person/s responsible need to be caught ASAP because they are clearly sociopaths and fully willing to harm and potential kill others for immensely petty reasons.

This is literally terrorism with chemical weapons, those responsible should be hunted down and charged accordingly.

I've never cared about furies, never really met one (afaik) and don't mind the idea. Whatever floats their boat as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, but there is no excuse for committing an act such as this. Seriously America, sort your shit out.

Alright, I can understand why people might find furries distasteful. But wanting to risk killing them? That's really extreme.

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