Runoff from bourbon barrel 'mountain' largely contained after rest of warehouse collapses

Courtesy WLKY

Courtesy WLKY

Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, almost two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down.

On Wednesday, the remainder of a bourbon warehouse that partially collapsed last month came crashing down in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Half of those barrels were affected by the initial collapse, and the rest were piled up in what a spokesperson for Nelson County Emergency Management described to CBS News as "a mountain of bourbon barrels".

The rackhouse sat uphill from a Beech Fork River tributary, and some bourbon and brandy spilled into nearby waterways after the first collapse.

In a news release sent Wednesday afternoon, Barton 1792 Distillery - owned by the Sazerac Company - says its team was prepared to deal with any further problems, because of the first collapse.

In addition, the statement said the half of the warehouse that collapsed Wednesday "was unable to be secured after the initial collapse due to worker safety concerns".

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Skripal and his daughter have since left hospital. "We're working extremely hard to try to understand the circumstances, the chronology".

Each barrel contains about 53 gallons of liquor.

Officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were determining the environmental impact of the collapses, the newspaper reported. Hundreds of fish were killed.

State environmental officials said they will fine Sazerac Inc., parent company of the distillery, up to $25,000 per day after alcohol was discovered to be contaminating the bodies of water. So with 9,000 barrels biting that dust, well, that's a lot of bourbon.

It is unknown how many barrels of bourbon can be salvaged. It is expected "to be weeks before the root cause is determined".

According to its website, the Barton 1792 Distillery had 29 barrel aging warehouses on its property before the accident. Warehouses at other two Sazerac distilleries in Kentucky also have been inspected and deemed safe.

Following the first incident, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet was planning to cite Sazerac for "failing to report the incident in a timely manner" and "polluting the waterways of the commonwealth".

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