1 person burned in blast at Texas vodka distillery

By: AP
By: AP

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (AP) -- A contract welder working at a central Texas vodka distillery suffered severe burns when a spark ignited chemicals and triggered an explosion.

The fiery explosion happened Friday morning at the San Luis Spirits distillery in Dripping Springs, about 20 miles southwest of Austin, Hays County sheriff's Deputy Pam Robinson said. She did not know what chemicals were involved or what the injured man was welding.

The welder, whose name was not immediately released, was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio with burns to his hands, legs and face. Robinson characterized his burns as "severe."

The fire was extinguished by early Friday afternoon, she said.

San Luis Spirits co-owner Kevin Kelleher said the blast damaged the still.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been notified, Robinson said.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.


631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 34125009 - wibw.com/a?a=34125009
Gray Television, Inc.