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Utah businessman upset with smoker, sprays him in the face with fire extinguisher

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A Salt Lake businessman on Friday evening sprayed a man in the face with a fire extinguisher after that man refused to put out a cigarette. (Photo Courtesy of Jon Bird)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) -- A Salt Lake City businessman on Friday evening sprayed a man in the face with a fire extinguisher after that man refused to put out a cigarette.

The incident, which occurred on East Gallivan Avenue, was captured on video and shared widely on Facebook.

Jon Bird was the smoker. Alex Jamison, who is involved in multiple downtown restaurants, used the fire extinguisher.

Bird spoke by phone with 2News Saturday and said he was in the area Friday volunteering for an arts festival. He said a security guard told him he was OK to smoke in the area.

Jamison disagreed.

Utah law prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a business entrance. The door nearest to the incident goes to a parking garage.

There is also outdoor seating for a nearby restaurant close to the place the altercation happened.

Salt Lake police were called to the scene, but Bird said Jamison left before they arrived.

The watch commander on duty Saturday when 2News asked about the case declined to comment because they hadn't been fully briefed.

Bird believes he was assaulted. He hired an attorney Saturday.

Attempts to contact Jamison Saturday were unsuccessful.

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