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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The thousands of bourbon barrels sent toppling to the ground in the collapse of the second half of a distillery warehouse this week let loose a flood of Kentucky’s signature spirit.

Roughly 120,000 gallons were captured in two retention ponds constructed after the collapse of the first half of the Barton 1792 distillery structure, said John Mura, a spokesman for the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

The article goes on to state the following:

The first collapse in Bardstown, Kentucky, on June 22 led to leaks that killed about 800 fish in a nearby stream and pond, leading to a citation from the Energy and Environment Cabinet and a potential fine.

Barton 1792’s parent company, New Orleans-based Sazerac company, said Wednesday that the collapse of the seven-story warehouse is under investigation. The second half of the wooden structure was “unable to be secured … due to workers’ safety concerns,” according to a news release.

“It is unknown at this time how many barrels can be salvaged. Officials expect it to be weeks before the root cause is determined,” Sazerac spokeswoman Amy Preske wrote.


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