While people were out celebrating July 4 with barbecues and outdoor activities, what was left of the Barton 1792 Distillery barrel house in Bardstown, Kentucky, collapsed. Trouble started at the seven-story warehouse on June 22 when the first half of the building gave away, spilling some 9,000 barrels of bourbon. The rest collapsed on America’s birthday at around 2:20 p.m. local time.
No one was injured in either of the crashes. In a statement, Amy Preske, a spokesperson for Barton 1792’s parent company, Sazerac, said officials weren’t able to determine the cause of the initial collapse because of worker safety concerns. She added that they won’t know what’s responsible for the most recent fall for weeks to come.