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.
Was this in response to a terrorist's chemical attack? Uh, no.
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.
I don't care how hot and spicy those peppers are, that's a bunch of weaklings if they're overcome by smoke from peppers. This would never happen in Texas.