Saturday, July 23, 2005

Coffee, tea, rose water?

A piece of leaking luggage closed Indiana's Fort Wayne International Airport for 10 hours Aug. 18.
The fluid, which made one luggage handler ill and prompted treatment for a half-dozen others, turned out to be rose water, which is used in Middle Eastern cooking.

The bag's owner, a math professor, was shocked to get a $22,700 bill for cleanup of hazardous material, including $17,000 for response from 10 fire department vehicles.

He told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that he used rose water to make desserts such as baklava. Though he ended up not having to pay the bill, he said he lost his taste for rose-water cooking.


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