A literally flowing stream of alcohol with a strong smell of beer has been discovered in one of Hawaii’s tropical islands. Its waters were allegedly contaminated with alcohol after a leak in a beverage warehouse.
A small river with the characteristic smell of alcohol was recently discovered on the island of Oahu, about 15 miles from Honolulu, the Hawaiian capital. Its waters flowed through the Waipio Valley and even turned into a 30-meter (100-foot) waterfall on their way.
The stream has caught the attention of local environmental activists, who have noticed the scent in the area.
“The other day we came here you would think it was a beer bar that hadn’t opened for three or four daysActivist Carroll Cox told Hawaii News Now. She also contacted the Department of Health about this.
Local media took samples of the unusual stream and had them checked in a private lab. It tested positive for alcohol, containing 1.2% of the substance in its waters, almost a quarter of the content of regular beer and strong enough to cause a buzz.
Local health authorities got involved and an investigation into the source of the contamination was launched. It was learned that the stream was coming from a drain hose that went back to a warehouse at Hawaii’s largest liquor distributor, Paradise Beverages. Its representatives told local media that they were working with officials to eliminate a possible spill, with the liquor river apparently shutting down its free drink service.
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