Ghost pepper burned hole in man’s esophagus

Man ate hamburger with ghost pepper puree as part of a contest

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(KRON)—Imagine eating something so hot that it tears a hole in your esophagus and have to spend more than three weeks in the hospital. That is exactly what recently happened to one man.

The details came out during a study by the University of California San Francisco.

The culprit is a ghost pepper. The man had eaten a hamburger smothered with a ghost pepper puree as part of contest.

It was so hot that it caused a two-and-a half centimeter tear in his esophagus.

This is how hot the pepper is:

In Scoville units, which measures the heat, it clocks in at one million.

A habanero comes in at half-a-million.

A jalapeno anywhere between 2,500 to 8,000.