Approximately 150 people were sickened with food poisoning during a Mother's Day trip to Chuang Yen Monastery in Putnam County yesterday. About 700 people visited the monastery for a Mother’s Day garden party—some 500 of them came up on buses from Chinatown. There's unconfirmed speculation that the source of the food poisoning was the sticky-rice balls served at the temple—which made the moms in attendance sicker than that time you got caught shoplifting a Samantha Fox poster from Spencer Gifts.

“For this amount of people, at one time, this gets classified as a MCI — massive casualty incident,” David Sutz, an emergency medical technician with the Woodbury Community Ambulance, tells the Poughkeepsie Journal. Eric Gross, spokesman for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, says people started getting sick with vomiting, fevers, and diarrhea yesterday afternoon after they arrived for a post-monastery shopping expedition at the Woodbury Commons outlet mall.

One witness at Woodbury Commons says she saw a 91-year-old woman sitting on an outside bench looked pale and was carted off by two others to a bathroom. "She wasn't even walking; her feet were dragging," the witness tells the Times Herald-Record. Numerous ambulances were called to the shopping plaza, and Woodbury Commons later issued a statement saying, "First responders advised our management that these individuals had a meal just hours before, in Putnam County. The food that created this illness was not obtained at our center."

As we mentioned above, the cause of the food poisoning has not been confirmed and is still under investigation. Representatives of Chuang Yen Monastery Issued this statement:

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Chuang Yen Monastery held a Garden Party on Sunday, the 13th of May. Garden Party attendees enjoyed performances and a food fair, whose dishes were provided by volunteers. In the afternoon, some visitors fell ill after consuming food, and received immediate medical attention. At this time, we have been notified that some of these visitors have been released from the hospital.

Town of Kent police department and emergency personnel from neighboring districts came to the scene. This issue is being investigated by event organizers, who are cooperating with the local authorities. Chuang Yen Monastery would like to express our deepest sympathies for all parties involved.

And here's raw video of Woodbury Commons from the upstate Times Herald-Record—it's got a lock on this year's Peabody award for Most Boring B-Roll ever: