Vodka distillery explosion injures two workers

7th November, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

An explosion at a vodka distillery in Texas has reportedly sent two employees to hospital, including one with severe burns.

The explosion at BJ Hooker’s Distillery sent two employees to hospital

At about 10am on Monday (6 October) the BJ Hooker’s Distillery in Harris County exploded, sending one employee by helicopter to be treated for severe burns.

Another worker was sent by ambulance to Houston Northwest Medical Center.

According to the Chron, the incident was caused by an employee using an immersion blender to mix vodka at the distillery, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed.

A spokesperson from the Fire Marshal’s office confirmed that the explosion was confined to a single metal warehouse on the distillery’s premises.

Founded in 2013, BJ Hooker’s Distillery makes BJ Hooker’s Vodka, a winter wheat vodka distilled using a hybrid pot.

The Spirits Business has contacted BJ Hooker’s Distillery for further comment.

In August this year, the former Seagram’s distillery in Dundalk, Baltimore reportedly caught fire for the third time this year.

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