Jim Beam explosion: Lightning strikes whiskey factory, making rivers flow with fire and alcohol

Flames of alcohol whipped into spirals towards the sky

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The Independent US

Lightning has struck a whiskey factory, sparking a firenado of flaming alcohol to be sucked up into the sky.

The Kentucky warehouse, which produces Jim Beam bourbon, was battered by lightning, heavy rain and strong winds simultaneously. AOL reports that the combination of all three meant that water laced with alcohol was whipped into a funnel- sparking the fire which tore through the factory.

The fire engulfed the Kentucky factory

It is believed that 800,000 gallons of alcohol spilled into a retention pond, causing the factory to be engulfed in a fire ball.

The perfect combination of alcohol, water and wind created firenados spiralling upwards

Fortunately, the building was situated close to a creek, meaning that the fire was eventually extinguished.  Not one was injured in the blaze.

The flames gathered on the surface of a nearby creek

However, the creek became contaminated and a number of fish were killed. The Jim Beam company has paid state authorities nearly $27,000 in clean-up costs.

The brand is one of the most popular bourbon whiskeys in the world. It has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and has been trading since the eighteenth century.