A partly collapsed warehouse on the distillery campus of Barton 1792 completely collapsed on the Fourth of July, spilling several gallons of environmentally-unfriendly alcoholic spirits onto the ground where it risked running into local waterways.
No one was hurt, and no one was inside the warehouse when it fell, county emergency management spokesman Milt Spalding and the company said.
No one was inside the warehouse at the time of the collapse and there were no injuries.
'It's just a mountain of barrels, it's hard to describe, ' Spalding said of the scene.
The rackhouse sat uphill from a Beech Fork River tributary, and some bourbon and brandy spilled into nearby waterways after the first collapse.
Its not clear how numerous estimated 18,000 barrels that had initially been in the warehouse will be salvageable.
When the first half of the building buckled in June, around 9,000 barrels of bourbon were destroyed, Spalding said.
The team "worked quickly to contain the spill from the barrels" and had equipment onsite "to address any further problems".
Emergency response crews from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection were back on the scene Wednesday night and Thursday morning to assess the damage and any possible leakage, Mura said.
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.
The accident last month also killed hundreds of fish when bourbon leaked into nearby waterways, state officials said. The cause of the first collapse is still unknown.
The company said at the time that the collapse had affected "a mix of various distilled products at various ages".
Half of the 1940s-era building collapsed on June 22 spilling about 9,000 of the 18,000 barrels of bourbon inside.
According to Preske, plans are underway to construct a new warehouse to house the salvaged barrels. All of those warehouses passed inspection, as did the warehouses at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky.