April 24, 2014 3:37 am

2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city

A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

Heather Loney/Global News

LOS ANGELES – A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

About 100 supporters of the hot sauce including owner David Tran rallied outside City Hall before the meeting.

Irwindale’s city attorney requested the delay, saying he’s in settlement talks with attorneys for Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods.

Two weeks ago, council members tentatively but unanimously voted the 2-year-old plant was a nuisance.

If the council had finalized its vote Wednesday, Huy Fong would have had 90 days to stop releasing the spicy emanations that neighbours say are burning their eyes and throats.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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