Echols County - Whether you call it moonshine, fire water, or white lightning, brewing the illegal liquor is still common in the woods of Echols County. "We patrol this area regularly, because we have a problem with moonshine stills in this area," says Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson.
On the sheriff department's last patrol, they found two moonshine stills. "It was actually full of fermented moonshine ready to be processed," he says.
While only one was full, both are equally dangerous.
The liquor is brewed in these rust buckets hidden deep within the woods. What comes out could cause serious problems to anyone who drinks it. "If it's done improperly, there's all sorts of stuff. These tanks have rust," Courson says. "We found pine straw, sugar bags where they dumped the whole bag in there."
Together these stills hold nearly 2,500 gallons so to keep the moonshine off the streets, there's only one thing to do. Blow it up.
It will assure that the stills are permanently out of commission. "Once the GBI gets through with it, with the explosives, its just scrap metal."
So we asked them to prove it and reducing it to scrap metal is an understatement. The stills were blown hundreds of feet into the air, putting whoever owned them officially out of business.
The owner of the stills remains at-large, but deputies say they have found evidence around the stills and hope to make an arrest soon.