riot-control agent


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ri·ot-con·trol a·gent

(rī'ŏt kŏn-trōl' ā'jĕnt)
Any of several chemical compounds used to produce temporary irritation of the eyes, throat, and upper airway in crowd-control settings. Riot-control agents are typically solids that can be dissolved in organic solvents and dispersed as powders, solutions, or smoke. Because they are not gases, the term "tear gas" is a misnomer for these agents. Vomiting agents (q.v.) are a subset of riot-control agents.
See also: tear gas, lacrimator, vomiting agent, CA, CN, CS, CR, DM
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It cited an unnamed source as saying: "There have been some reports that it was just a strong riot-control agent but this is not the case -- it's something else, although it can't definitively be said to be sarin nerve agent.
There have been some reports that it was just a strong riot-control agent but this is not the case - it's something else, although it can't definitively be said to be sarin nerve agent," one source told the Times.
I can tell you that we have approved an export license for the shipment of US-manufactured nonlethal riot-control agents to the Egyptian government .