2 hurt in distillery fire in western Kentucky

HARDIN, Ky. (AP) — Two workers have been injured in an explosion at a small western Kentucky distillery that produces small-batch whiskeys.

Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars says the explosion at the Silver Trail distillery occurred around 10:45 a.m. CDT on Friday morning. Two workers were flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center but Byars did not know the extent of their injuries.

Byars says fire officials believe a still at the plant malfunctioned, causing the blast. The distillery produces "LBL Moonshine," which is named for the nearby Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Fire officials have extinguished the blaze but the building is a total loss, Byars says.

Distillery founder R. Spencer Balentine opened Silver Trail in 2011. He says on the company’s website that his father was a moonshine runner in the 1950s.


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