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Sriracha plant gets reprieve from being declared a public nuisance

Attorney for Irwindale, Calif., requested delay; said he's in settlement talks with hot sauce maker



LOS ANGELES—A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the maker 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 April 23 on declaring a local 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, Inc.

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

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

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