Thousands of bourbon barrels smash to ground in Kentucky distillery collapse

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A warehouse of 20,000 barrels of Barton 1792 bourbon collapsed in Kentucky today, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Bardstown Fire Chief Bill Mattingly said the warehouse, which is on a steep hill, collapsed "length-wise", and left the other half-leaning and in danger of buckling, the Kentucky Standard reported.

Nelson County Dispatch Director Milton Spalding said it's unclear what caused the collapse.

Water samples were taken in the area and came back clean.

WLKY is reporting the building collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery around 11 a.m. Friday.

"We are assessing how numerous impacted barrels can be recovered", Preske said in a press release. Barton 1792's normal "summer shutdown", which is when bourbon distilleries shut down for a short time period in the summer for repairs and routine maintenance, began last week.

No injuries were reported and no one was in the building during the crash.

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One side of the barrel warehouse collapsed causing structural damage. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has been on site and the Distillery team implemented a number of actions to minimize any environmental risk.

Barton is owned by the Sazerac Company which also owns Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Ky.

Officials say it could take days to weeks for the company to fully assess the extent of damage.

The Distillery posted to their Facebook page, "Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts and sentiments during yesterday's warehouse collapse".

The warehouse was built on a concrete foundation and had a wooden structure with aluminum siding, Spalding said.

Each barrel holds 53gallons of bourbon and weighs a whopping 550lbs, according to WLKY.

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