Chili pepper spill forces evacuation at FedEx - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Chili pepper spill forces evacuation at FedEx

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(WMC-TV) – More than 100 FedEx employees were evacuated and decontaminated after a five gallon container of concentrated chili peppers were damaged by a forklift.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. at 2788 Sprankle Avenue, near the airport.

Employees working in the outdoor facility were overcome by the smell after the container of chili peppers was damaged. Once they noticed the smell, they began having trouble breathing.

"And all of the sudden we smelled this smell and we were like, 'What's that odor?' And all of sudden we just started coughing, our eyes became watery, it was just, it just happened so fast," said Theodore Brown, who was working at the time of the spill. "The scent just overcame us and that's when one of my other coworkers who was on a forklift said, 'We need to get outta here, they say we need to evacuate the Canopy, right now."

The concentrated chili peppers are used to make pepper spray.

Out of the 117 people who were decontaminated after the incident, two of them were taken to the hospital with chest pains.

The chemical has been contained and it is no longer a threat.

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