Potent but not illegal

March 3, 2008 5:24:34 AM PST
It was potent all right -- put it wasn't illegal.

Authorities in New Zealand report responding to a burglar alarm and stumbling across what they thought was an illegal drug lab.

But it turns the equipment was used for brewing something harmless, ginger beer.

It's a nonalcoholic, strong version of ginger ale.

A local newspaper (Waikato Times) reports security guards had discovered the ginger beer gear in a garage and called police.

The search was called off after a woman in the house told officers it was her husband's ginger beer set up.