Chili grenade

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A chili grenade is a type of non-lethal weapon being investigated for use by the Indian Armed Forces.[1]

The grenades use one of the world's spiciest chili pepper species in weaponized form. The weapon emits a powerful skin and eye irritant as well as pungent smell that causes enemies to leave their cover or become physically overcome by the grenade's load.

The weapon would be similar to tear gas.[2]

The pepper being used is the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," which had previously been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper in the world, but was later superseded by two other pepper cultivars, the Carolina Reaper and the Trinidad moruga scorpion.


  1. ^ "Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili - Yahoo! News". 2010-03-23. Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ Tech News : Computers, Green Energy, Inventions : Discovery News. Retrieved on 2011-06-29.