Reporting Steve Sandberg
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – One New Jersey town was blanketed with a fine white powder Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t from a snow storm, it was just a flour shower.
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Witnesses described giant plumes of what looked like smoke billowing out from the silos of a wholesale Italian bakery on Forest Avenue in Englewood.
“When I came pulling up, it was completely white. I thought it was a fire,” witness Hope Pelczar told CBS 2′s Jay Dow.
The fire department was initially called in but the owner of La Esperanza Baking Co. said there was no cause for alarm.
Frank Queiruga said he was having a silo pumped with 500 pounds of flour but it blew its top when a pipe disconnected.
“The pipe was disconnected. The truck just keeping pumping out….Just blow out into the air,” Queiruga said.
He said it looked like a cloud.
When Frank Carter came out to check on his newly washed Mazda he found it caked in the fine white powder. His was one of a couple dozen of cars that were lightly dusted by the flour.
“It’s just flour. It’s not toxic or anything,” he said. “It’s just something, accidents happen, and luckily it wasn’t something that would cause any harm to anyone. So we just wash our cars and be done with it.”
“If it was a little warmer out here we’d have buns on top of the cars,” another man chuckled.