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Man found in Transit Road Walmart with compressed air can against his mouth

Lancaster police early Friday responded to a Transit Road Walmart for a report of a man inside the bathroom “huffing,” according to a post on the Lancaster Police Department Facebook page.

Police arrived at 4975 Transit Road around 4:30 a.m. and found a 38-year-old Niagara Falls man passed out and sitting on a toilet with a can of compressed air pressed against his mouth, confirmed one department official.

The man, who regained consciousness within minutes, was transported to Erie County Medical Center for medical treatment, police said.

“This isn’t the first time with this guy,” said the official. “It’s a strange thing – a relatively short-lived high that creates a euphoric, light-headed feeling.”

Two additional containers of compressed air were found in the men’s bathroom, police said. Four empty containers were discovered in the women’s bathroom.

Charges are pending under New York State Public Health Law that prohibits inhalation of hazardous inhalants.

Additional charges for petit larceny and third-degree burglary may be pending, police said.

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