Bourbon warehouse collapses at Bardstown distillery

 BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bourbon warehouse collapsed in Bardstown on Friday.

Nelson County 911 director Milt Spalding said the collapse happened just before 11 a.m. at the Barton 1792 Distillery. The side of the building was left in pieces with dozens of bourbon barrels scattered on the ground.

The building that collapsed was filled with about 18,000 barrels of bourbon, and no more than 9,000 barrels were involved in the collapse, said Amy Preske, a spokeswoman for Sazerac Public Relations.

Spalding said the Environmental Protection Agency responded to the scene to figure out whether any alcohol is leaking into the ground or into nearby streams. Initial testing was clean.

"Of course, there was the smell of bourbon in the air, but that's kinda common in a warehouse facility anyways," Spalding said. 

In a news release Friday night, Preske said the warehouse was belt in the 1940s and was filled with a mixture of products of varying ages. The warehouse was built with a concrete foundation with a wooden structure and aluminum siding on the outside. Engineers who work for the Barton Distillery will have to determine what happened. No one was injured in the collapse.

There is no word on what may have triggered the collapse. Spalding said weather didn't appear to be a factor, since there were no storms in the area. No one was in the building at the time, so they will have to investigate. 

Penske said tours at the distillery will go on as planned Saturday. It's unclear which Barton 1792 brands will be impacted.

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