You'd think it'd be awesome living near the Sriracha factory in Irwindale because, like, maybe you'll be walking by with a big plate of eggs one day and one of the Sriracha hoses will get loose and spray your food with a perfect coating of rooster sauce, but apparently it's actually really abrasive and unpleasant to live next to the place where they make the super-burning-hot hot sauce. "[R]esidents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor that [Irwindale] says appears to be emanating from the factory during production," reports the LA Times, and so the city has now filed suit, asking an LA County Superior Court judge to halt Sriracha-making until something is done about the "strong, offensive chili odor." Sriracha was invented in Chinatown and was made in Rosemead until earlier this year, when the company opened its big new factory in Irwindale. Residents just started complaining about the smell last month, according to CBS LA; apparently all the chili used in the year's Sriracha production is processed over three months in the fall.
· Sriracha sauce factory odor causing headaches, burning eyes, city says [LAT]