Red Hot Chili Poppers

Priceless:

GUWAHATI, India–Security forces are planning to mix one of the world’s hottest chili powders in hand grenades to control riots and during insurgency operations in the remote northeast, a defence official said yesterday.

India’s defence scientists say they will replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chili to immobilize a person without killing him.

H/t Tom Ricks.

 

6 comments

  1. The chilli they’re using is the Naga Jolokia (aka Bhut Jolokia). Yesterday, I had the pleasure/pain of ingesting a small quantity of the closely-related Dorset Naga, roughly 1m on the Scoville Scale. I can vouch for its potency. One small chilli (c.2cm long) floored 11 people of substantial chilli-eating experience. Tastes very similar to the less fiery habanero/Scotch Bonnet types but packs a substantially greater punch.Common pepper spray is about 5m on the Scoville so I’m not sure why the Indians are bothering, although anything at this level is likely to knock even the hardiest person out. Except this woman, I suspect.

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