In the U.S. state of Kentucky lit warehouse with Jim Beam Bourbon. According to the newspaper Courier Journal, whiskey for several days spread out along the river.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 2, at about 23:30 local time. The fire destroyed 45 thousand barrels of alcohol (more than seven million litres). According to preliminary data, the cause of the fire was a lightning strike.
The head of emergency management County Woodford drew Chandler (Chandler Drew) argues that in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, firefighters tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire. As a result, the alcohol flowed the river Kentucky and the Creek Glenns. The state government encouraged the firefighters to stop to extinguish the flame and allow the ethanol to burn. “So we inflict less harm to the environment. It’s our only choice,” explained Chandler.
Rescue teams have used sand to prevent the leakage of alcohol into nearby water bodies. Employee of the Kentucky Department for environment John Moore (John Mura) noted that in the rivers rapidly dying fish. To save the fauna in the water install aerators — devices that saturate the air with oxygen.
Representatives of the parent company Beam Suntory has warned customers that the incident will not affect the sales of Jim Beam, because the warehouse was “relatively young whiskey.” As a result of incident nobody has suffered.
In 2018, it was reported that in Kentucky collapsed warehouse with Bourbon, resulting in almost two million litres of the beverage was lost. Of the 20 million barrels of Bourbon (about four million liters) warehouse brand “1792” lost about nine (approximately 1.8 million liters).
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