Watch: Police drive-by pepper spray protesters standing on side of road

There were thousands of protesters exiting the bridge at the time.

Police responding to the frightening tanker truck situation involving protesters on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis Sunday evening used sprayed mace from their vehicles as they drove by protesters watching from grassy areas along a ramp. 

The video, which as of 10 p.m. Sunday had been viewed more than 260,000 times on Twitter, shows the pepper spray being deployed from two Minneapolis Police Department SUVs. 

Warning: Video contains NSFW language. 

Prior to the mace being used on onlookers, authorities were trying to get word to people to clear the area near the I-35W between University and Washington avenues. 

"People are being given the lawful order to clear the area. If that order is refused, police may use tear gas as a dispersal mechanism," the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. 

In the video above, it appears that the first blast of pepper spray is directed at people standing in a grassy area off the roadway, while the second blast from a separate police vehicle appeared to target a person standing on the shoulder of the ramp. 

Police were responding to I-35W, where the driver of a tanker truck sped towards a very large group of peaceful protesters walking down the interstate. 

Fortunately, none of the protesters were injured, according to authorities. The driver was injured and taken into custody after being released from a local hospital.

This all happened prior to the 8 p.m. curfew in Minneapolis.

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