The Collapsing Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse Is No More

Courtesy WLKY

The rest of a whiskey storage warehouse has collapsed in Kentucky, almost two weeks after part of the structure came crashing down. He says no injuries were reported in either collapse.

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

Sazerac Inc., parent company of the distillery, is now facing fines of up to $25,000 per day related to the first incident on June 22, state officials, said according to CNN.

Its not clear how numerous estimated 18,000 barrels that had initially been in the warehouse will be salvageable.

The half of the warehouse that was left standing after the first collapse could not be secured because of worker safety concerns, the distillery said Wednesday via press release. Hundreds of fish were killed. It may be weeks before inspectors determine the cause of the collapse. "The Distillery team worked quickly to contain the spill from the barrels". 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.

It is unknown how many barrels of bourbon can be salvaged.

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According to its website, the Barton 1792 Distillery had 29 barrel aging warehouses on its property before the accident.

As many as 9,000 more barrels could have been smashed in the rubble on Wednesday, but officials said this time the runoff was contained before seeping into the water.

Bourbon ages for years in charred new oak barrels, where it acquires its color and flavor.

The distillery's remaining warehouses, along with warehouses at two other two Sazerac-owned distilleries in Kentucky, have been inspected and determined to be safe, Amy Preske, a spokeswoman for Sazerac, said in a statement to the Courier Journal.

Following Wednesday's collapse, the distillery has begun vacuuming bourbon out of the drainage pools and has hired a private contractor to check Withrow Creek and Beech Fork River every four hours for 48 hours to see if there is any trace of bourbon in the waterways, said John Mura, a spokesman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

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