Remainder of Barton bourbon storage house collapses

Remainder of Barton bourbon storage house collapses

Remainder of Barton bourbon storage house collapses

She continued: "The remaining barrel warehouses at Barton 1792 Distillery have been inspected since 22 June by third party experts and are deemed safe".

Thousands of barrels of bourbon and brandy ended up in a mountainous heap in northern Kentucky on Thursday after a building collapsed at a century-old distillery, local media reported.

Spalding says the scene looks like "a mountain of bourbon barrels".

Drainage pools dug after the first collapse contained all of the spilled bourbon, the distillery said, and officials from the state are looking to verify that.

It's unclear what caused either of the collapses at the Barton 1792 Distillery.

The warehouse, which according to the distillery housed approximately 18,000 barrels of bourbon, half collapsed in late June, affecting about half of the bourbon barrels. Up to half the barrels inside were affected by the first collapse, it said.

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Each barrel contains about 53 gallons of liquor. In addition to the local fire department and the emergency management agency, the Nelson County Sheriff's Department and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife responded. The company credited the distillery team's "preparation and quick action", and notified state government environmental regulators "immediately." the statement said.

It is unknown how many barrels of bourbon can be salvaged. The warehouse was built in the 1940s.

The Barton 1792 Distillery rackhouse held about 18,000 201-litre barrels of alcohol.

Following the first collapse, a Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman said Sazerac would be cited for failing to report the spill of whiskey in a timely manner and for polluting waters.

Whiskey flowing into a nearby stream and river killed about 800 fish after the initial collapse, officials said.

Warehouse 30 at the Barton 1792 Distillery, located in Bardstown, was undergoing a wall fix when one side of it first gave out on June 22, dumping the contents of 9,000 barrels of bourbon into two nearby creeks. Kentucky distillers have more than 6.6 million bourbon barrels aging, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

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