Explosion rocks ADM flour mill in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — An explosion shattered windows at an ADM Milling Co. flour mill in Calgary late on Nov. 28. No injuries were reported.

“Yesterday evening (Nov. 28) at approximately 6:50 p.m. Mountain Time, there was an explosion at ADM’s flour mill in Calgary, Alberta,” said Jackie Anderson, a spokesperson with Archer Daniels Midland Co. “Fortunately no one was injured, and we were able to quickly control the resulting fire with assistance from the local fire department. We are currently investigating the cause and working to access the damage.”

The flour mill produces flours, bakery mixes, bran and wheat germ, and has wheat flour capacity of 15,300 cwts and storage capacity of 370,000 bushels, according to Sosland Publishing Company’s Grain & Milling Annual 2019. ADM operates seven wheat flour mills in Canada, with total wheat flour capacity of 75,200 cwts.

Firefighters responded to the Archer Daniels Midland Co. campus off Faries Parkway, Decatur, IL, in response to a dust explosion and fire, Battalion Chief Jim Ohl said Saturday. 

The Herald & Review reports that fire units were called out at 12:56 a.m. Saturday morning and remained on the scene for more than two hours. Ohl said the fire was located in the conveyor system and was visible when the first fire company arrived. No injuries were reported.

ADM spokesperson Jackie Anderson said in a statement that there was an explosion around 1 a.m. in the grain elevator that serves the company’s corn and soybean plants in the Decatur complex.

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