The Indian army has found a way to transform the world’s hottest chili pepper into a terror-fighting gas. The “bhut jolokia” chili is 125,000 times spicier than a jalapeno. Locals in eastern India have used it for years to treat stomach ailments and to help battle the effects of hot weather.
Now, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization is using the powerful chili to make non-toxic weapons. The pepper will be used to make a gas that would “immobilize suspects and also to create a smoke screen that will prevent snipers from using night-vision devices.” Those affected by the gas would sustain no long-term injuries.