Cleveland Police Ban Syringes in Final Hours of RNC After 2 Troopers Hospitalized

July 21, 2016 Updated: July 21, 2016

Two troopers were taken to a hospital with for an “unknown illness” during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Cleveland Police tweeted.

The Cleveland Police then banned syringes.

Police said no officers were injured by syringes. “Currently, NO confirmed injuries to officers from syringes. However, out of an abundance of caution, syringes now on prohibited items list,” the police department tweeted.

In a later update at 4:45 p.m. ET, the department said a Georgia state trooper was “treated and released” and one Cleveland Police officer is now “being treated for unknown skin irritation. Only two officers involved.”

There were unconfirmed reports of people trying to poke officers with syringes.

South Carolina State Troopers told Cleveland police they were told someone was trying to stick officers with syringes on Thursday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The paper also reported there were rumors of people placing drug-laced stickers on officers, but that remains unconfirmed.

The list of banned items includes tennis balls, ladders, water guns, rope, hammers, slingshots, rockets, and other items. Guns, however, weren’t banned as Ohio is an open-carry state.

“Our intent is to follow the law. And if the law says you can have open carry, that’s what it says. Whether I agree with it or not is another issue,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said last month, according to CNN.