Bourbon Spill: Hundreds of Fish Killed in Distillery Collapse


A bourbon warehouse belonging to a distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky collapsed on Friday and dumped about 9,000 barrels of booze, many of which spilled into a nearby creek and killed hundreds of fish.

The warehouse, which is owned by Barton 1792 Distillery, was storing 18,000 barrels and its owner estimates it lost about half of them. The Department of Environmental Protection says much of the barrels' contents spilled into nearby waterways and about 800 fish had died as a result. The company was eventually able to stop the leak by digging ditches to catch the booze runoff before it entered a creek.

The collapsed warehouse is one of 29 storage facilities on the distillery's property.

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