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Explosion at downtown flour silo sends cap 150 feet

January 30, 2012 |  6:53 pm

A large cap blew off a flour silo in this area
A large cap blew about 150 feet from a silo as it was being filled with flour Monday evening in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.

The silo, about 60 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, was being refilled when excessive pressure apparently caused the top to blow, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Department spokesman Erik Scott said no one was injured in the incident, which was reported about 5:40 p.m.

The silo is at 411 Center St., just west of the Los Angeles River.

Officials from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health were notified about the incident.

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Map: Area where flour silo accident occurred. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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