Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Spicy Chili Smell Leads to Evacuation


These thai peppers are in my freezer. They are my 'winter' stock. I find this article hilarious because every time I make thai food (which is almost every night) my roommates cough and gag, complain and bitch, turn on the exhaust fans and run. What follows is the entire original news article from Yahoo. ,

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - Super spicy chili sauce being cooked at a London Thai restaurant sparked road closures and evacuations after passers-by complained that the smell was burning their throats, police said Wednesday.

London Fire Brigade's chemical response team was called after reports that a strong smell was wafting from the restaurant in the heart of London's Soho district Monday afternoon, a Metropolitan police spokesman said, speaking anonymously in line with force policy.

Authorities sealed off several premises and closed roads. The Times of London described shoppers coughing and spluttering as firefighters wearing special breathing masks sought the source of the smell.

The paper said firefighters smashed down the door of the Thai Cottage restaurant and seized extra-hot bird's eye chilies which had been left dry-frying. It said they were being prepared as part of a batch of Nam Prik Pao, a spicy Thai dip.

"The smoke didn't go up into the sky because of the rain and the heavy air," The Times quoted

Thai Cottage owner Sue Wasboonma as saying. "It's the hottest thing we make."

The police spokesman said no arrests were made in the case.
"As far as I'm aware it's not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili," he said.


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Blogger oldwhitelady speaks!

That is one weird story. That would be totally frustrating and irritating, having the door smashed down and peppers confiscated. The customers will ask for that dip, but the restaurant will have to tell them to ask the police for it!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Montag speaks!

At first, I thought this dealt with the natural laxative effect of chiles. Thanks heavens it did not.

Having cooked such items, I do know what to expect, and it is pretty much what you describe.

5:58 AM  

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