On June 22, we reported that part of a whiskey warehouse in Kentucky collapsed, sending thousands of barrels spilling into the surrounding area.
Yesterday, on America’s birthday, the other half of the Barton 1792 Distillery warehouse came crashing down, damaging another 9,000 barrels in the process.
The distillery has been working since the initial collapse to clean up the debris, focusing largely to contain the spill and prevent any more whiskey from entering nearby creeks. Officials said the spill has already killed almost 1,000 fish due to contaminated water, and environmental officials will fine Sazerac, Barton’s owner, $25,000 per day.
The Barton 1792 Distillery warehouse stored about 20,000 barrels. Sazerac also owns Buffalo Trace Distillery.
No injuries were reported, and nobody was inside during the collapse.