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Tempura storm with a chance of breadcrumbs: Downtown silo explosion sends Panko flour flying

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An explosion in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night sent a large cap flying about 150 feet from a flour silo near Little Tokyo. 

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

No injuries were reported in the accident that occurred at 411 Center St., an address registered to Upper Crust Enterprise, Inc., a 40,000-square-foot plant that processes gourmet Japanese Panko breadcrumbs and tempura batter.

According to Upper Crust's surprisingly watchable informational video, Panko Bread Crumbs: The Secrets Revealed, the facility receives multiple daily deliveries of "a proprietary blend of high protein flour" for their silos.

The downtown location also houses the company's main office and their R&D and quality assurance departments.

Public health and occupational safety officials were notified about the incident. 

Panko — meaning "small pieces of bread" in Japanese — is a special kind of light, slivery breadcrumb baked with electric current and then toasted.

Whether or not a plume of flying Panko product actually made it into the atmosphere is unknown. A call to Upper Crust Enterprises was not immediately returned.

 

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