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Video: ‘Firenado’ caused after lightning strikes bourbon-filled pond near Jim Beam facility

Published Sep 4th, 2015 3:24PM EDT
Jim Beam Fire Tornado Video

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Kentucky is well known for its bourbon, but what happens when that bourbon spills into a lake… and then the lake catches fireThe Weather Channel has posted a video showing exactly that happening near a Jim Beam warehouse that got struck by lightning. The strike apparently caused thousands of gallons of bourbon to spill into a nearby retention pond, which itself got struck by lightning and resulted in a massive “firenado” breaking out.

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“You have to have the exact right conditions for something like this to happen: A body of water with a flammable substance on top and weather conditions that whip the fire into a funnel,” The Weather Channel explains. “Fortunately the pond kept the fire from spreading. It took quite an effort, the fire was put out.”

Check out the whole video below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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