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Tortilla Chip Waste Explodes at Texas Food Plant

July 19, 2018
Tortilla chip waste spontaneously exploded at an Austin, TX factory twice in one week. Image courtesy of Flickr user Marco Verch
Tortilla chip waste spontaneously exploded at an Austin, TX factory twice in one week. Image courtesy of Flickr user Marco Verch

Firefighters responded to a tortilla chip factory in Austin, TX twice within one week after the “spontaneous combustion” of boxes of food waste stored at the site, officials said. The incidents occurred on July 12 and July 15 at the facility located at 6110 Trade Center Drive. 

“The factory in question was trying out a new way to handle waste from the chips that, suffice to say, didn’t work out so well. The fire was confined to the exterior of the building and to multiple pallets of food waste, but large cardboard boxes of the same waste continued to ignite while we were on scene,” the Austin Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post. “Then, to add insult to injury, additional (previously uninvolved) boxes of the same food waste spontaneously combusted just three days later.”

After responding to the second blaze, fire crews soaked the remaining boxes of tortilla waste with water to prevent further fires and explosions. The fire department’s statement did not provide details on how the boxes may have exploded. 

Austin Fire said the fires occurred outside of the tortilla factory and that damages in the incidents were contained to the exterior of the structure.

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