Firenado erupts after lightning strike at bourbon warehouse

Many fish were harmed in the making of this video.


Feliks Garcia

Internet Culture

Published Sep 4, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 12:56 am CDT

How do you take your whiskey? Neat, on the rocks, or as a giant, flaming wind tunnel? If you live anywhere near this Kentucky Jim Beam warehouse, then you only have one option.

The Weather Channel recently posted video of what they call a “firenado,” because what else would you call it? After the lightning struck the warehouse in 2003, some 800,000 gallons of bourbon spilled into the neighboring pond, resulting in the fiery funnel of death and/or metal. It brings literal meaning to Metallica’s 1983 anthem “Jump in the Fire.”

Thankfully, no one humans were harmed, and only “many fish” were killed. If the Firenado had moved out of the water, there’s no telling how much damage it could have done or what fire-resistant, man-eating animals it could have ferried to shore. (Yes, this is most likely the closest we’ll ever come to witnessing a Sharknado, the deadly, shark-filled natural disaster that took out Los Angeles, New York City, and the rest of the eastern seaboard, as shown in three acclaimed SyFy documentaries.)

It’s a shame we had to lose almost a million gallons of whiskey, but, in the end, it was pretty freakin’ cool. 

H/T WCPO | Screengrab via The Weather Channel/Facebook

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*First Published: Sep 4, 2015, 4:03 pm CDT