On Monday, when Jefferson County Open School in suburban Denver was evacuated and a hazmat team showed up because of a contamination scare, The Daily Caller was worried.
Turns out, “approximately six” habanero peppers caused the entire kerfuffle, reports Denver ABC affiliate KMGH.
The half dozen habanero peppers were scattered in shreds among the wood chips on the preK-12 school’s playground,
The pell-mell pepper pandemonium went down at about 1 p.m. Children playing on the playground began reporting mysterious skin reactions. Seven students ended up in the hospital. Another 23 students and an adult aide were reportedly decontaminated on school grounds.
The decontamination process involved firefighters rinsing and showering children in a makeshift tent on school grounds, notes Denver FOX affiliate KDVR.