What was left standing of a Kentucky distillery’s bourbon aging warehouse came crashing down on Wednesday, around two weeks after the first half of the building collapsed, contaminating nearby waters and killing nearly 1,000 fish. Warehouse 30 at the Barton 1792 Distillery, located in Bardstown, was undergoing a wall repair when one side of it first gave out on June 22, dumping the contents of 9,000 barrels of bourbon into two nearby creeks. After the rest of it came down, area residents were warned by the Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly on Thursday not to set off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day in the vicinity of the rubble, due to the spilled bourbon from a total of up to 18,000 broken barrels presenting a fire hazard. Sazerac Inc., parent company of the distillery, is now facing fines of up to $25,000 per day related to the first incident on June 22. The cause of both collapses, neither of which resulted in any reported injuries, remain unknown at this time. When the first half of the building buckled in June, around 9,000 barrels of bourbon were destroyed. Each barrel is estimated to hold 53 gallons of bourbon and weighs about 550 pounds. Although tests of water samples initially came back clean, according to CNN, it was later found that runoff from the first set of broken barrels of aging spirits leaked into the water nearby, contaminating two creeks and killing nearly 1,000 fish. As many as 9,000 more barrels could have been smashed in the rubble on Wednesday, but officials said this time the runoff was contained before seeping into the water.
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