The southern Californian city of Irwindale has had its request that a local Sriracha sauce factory be shut put under consideration, after residents requested a preliminary injunction.
AP reports that Judge Robert O’Brien would not say on Friday when he might rule on a temporary injunction sought by locals, which have complained over problems including asthma, bad smells and eye irritations related to the factory, which produces the popular hot sauce.
The airborne red dust particles produced by the factory have been likened by some to pepper spray.
According to the LA Times, the city has requested both a permanent and a preliminary injunction. The owner of the factory, Huy Fong Foods, has claimed an injunction was unnecessary as the chilli harvest season had ended.
The company had earlier claimed that the temporary injunction may have led to its bankruptcy.