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23 December 2017

UPDATE: Peter Martorelli Injured In Explosion Accident at Island Beach Distillery In Lacey Township; Explosion and Fire That Burned Business Owner Remains Under Investigation


UPDATE: Pete Martorelli Injured In Explosion Accident and Fire at Island Beach Distillery In Lacey Township

Business Owner Peter Martorelli Injured After Fire And Explosion at Island Beach Distillery at Old Shore Road

LACEY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (December 23, 2017) – The business owner of the Island Beach Distillery was burned after an explosion in the building at Old Shore Road.

The wife of the business owner identified the man that was burned at the  Island Beach Distillery as Peter Martorelli.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at the Island Beach Distillery in order to put out the fire and treat Peter Martorelli for his injuries.

Peter Martorelli was conscious and alert when rescue workers arrived and he was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for his burns. An investigation into the fire and explosion that injured the business owner remains ongoing at this time.


Generally speaking, when a company designs a product to be used for the public or other businesses, they have to exercise care in order to make sure that it’s properly designed in order to prevent accidents. Within a distillery there are number of machines used to process alcohol called “stills.”  A still works by selectively heating and cooling whatever mixture is inside and this can take place under pressure. Unfortunately, some stills have been manufactured without an adequate pressure release valve. This has led to a number of accidents including a deadly explosion in Hardin Kentucky in 2015. If a person is injured by a malfunctioning or poorly designed still, they may have a right to pursue a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the still for damages and medical expenses.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to hear about the Island Beach Distillery explosion and fire that injured Peter Martorelli. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family as he continues to recover. We sincerely hope that investigators will examine this accident thoroughly so that something similar doesn’t happen in the future. There are a number of highly dangerous still’s on the market.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an explosion or fire at a distillery you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.