Kentucky Firenado: 800,000 Gallons Of Bourbon Ignited By Lightning Strike Then Sucked Up By Tornado [Video]

Tara West

Amazing video footage of a "firenado" was released after a Jim Beam factory was hit by bad weather. The storm sent 800,000 gallons of the Kentucky bourbon pouring into a nearby lake. After the bourbon made its way into the water, a lightning bolt ignited the flammable liquid into a giant blaze. As if the flaming lake wasn't terrifying enough, a tornado then swept over the area, carrying the burning liquid high into the air creating a terrifying "firenado."

The Weather Channel posted the amazing video to their Facebook page yesterday that showed the amazing Jim Beam firenado. The Weather Channel notes that the right set of circumstances all came together to create this rare weather event. It was noted that the Jim Beam factory was destroyed by a lightning strike and the 800,000 gallons of bourbon spilled out into the nearby retention pond. The lightning strike then ignited the flammable liquid as the weather then whipped the fire into a burning funnel.

"A lake brimming with bourbon becomes the nesting ground for a firenado, after a lightning strike destroys a Jim Beam warehouse in 2003. Watch, as the whirl *really* gets going 20 seconds into the video."

It was noted that for an event such as this boozy firenado to take place, exact weather conditions must be met. This particular bourbon beast was created when the flammable liquid flowed on top of the water as a lightning bolt struck at the exact time that the weather conditions were ripe to whip the fire into a perfect funnel.

Though the bourbon firenado was created by a freak weather event, Jim Beam was still held liable for the damage. According to the Daily Mail, Jim Beam will be responsible for cleanup costs as the bourbon contaminated a nearby river, killing fish in the area. Reports indicate the cleanup cost nearly $70,000.

The amazing Kentucky firenado video has received over four million views in less than 24 hours. However, as many viewers pointed out, though the video was posted on September 3, 2015, the actual Jim Beam firenado was filmed in 2003. Despite being an older video, the firenado is still going viral, with many commenting that the firenado was a waste of good bourbon.

What do you think about Jim Beam having to pay for the cleanup associated with the firenado? Should they be held liable for the "freak" weather event, or was it an act of God that could not have been prevented?

[Image Credit: Youtube/ Weather Channel]