Chili Powder In Ventilation System Prompts Hazmat Response

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (October 18, 2013)--A cloud of habanero chili powder was so hot, a hazmat team was called out to deal with it at a plant in Las Cruces, N.M.

Workers called 911, complaining of irritated eyes, sore throats and bloody noses.

New Mexico State Police say habanero chili particles got into the ventilation system at the company, which grinds hyper-hot chili pods into powder.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 30 people were treated at the scene and one woman had to be sent to a hospital because a previous breathing ailment.

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