Burning Chilli Sparks Terror Fear
A pot of burning chilli sparked fears of a biological terror attack in central London.
Firefighters wearing protective breathing apparatus were called to D'Arblay Street, Soho, after reports of noxious smoke filling the air.
Police closed off three roads and evacuated homes following the alert.
Specialist crews broke down the door to the Thai Cottage restaurant at 1900 BST on Monday where they discovered the source - a 9lb pot of chillies.
The restaurant had been preparing Nam Prik Pao, a red-hot Thai dip which uses extra-hot chillies which are deliberately burnt.
- BBC News, Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 12:54 GMT
If you ask me, Westerners would consider most Asian food 'biological weapons' anyway.