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Spicy Chili Smell Leads to Evacuation

Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) -- 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.
A former member
Post #: 15
The NYTimes also reported on this today, Oct 4, although The Times' article was much more detailed.


Britain: Spicy and Terror-Inducing

Published: October 4, 2007
A Thai restaurant cooking up a big pot of bird?s eye chili brought road closures and evacuations in the Soho area of London after passers-by complained that a noxious chemical was burning their throats and the London Fire Brigade sent a chemical response team, a police spokesman said. Firefighters closed off roads, sealed buildings and donned special breathing masks to ferret out the source of the acrid smell, The Times of London reported. Smashing down the door of the suspected source ? the restaurant ? they emerged carrying a pot containing about nine pounds of bird?s eye chilies that had been left roasting. The restaurant owner said it was for a batch of nam prik pao, a Thai chili paste. There were no arrests. ?As far as I?m aware, it?s not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili,? the police spokesman said.
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