Fwd: [detritus] Newsflash - Fire at Great White show
- A week ago, I was watching a documentary about pyrotechnics danger, when it's not very precise and supervised. I have never been a fan of Great White, but I'm sorry for them. It could happen to any band playing in a bar, and it's really sad.
"kdrocksu <sshumake@...>" <sshumake@...> wrote:To: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: "kdrocksu "
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 15:43:01 -0000
Subject: [detritus] Newsflash - Fire at Great White show
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*** LET IT BE KNOWN ***
-This completely shocked me. My brother and I just saw Great White at
a small club in Milwaukee a few weeks ago. Our prayers go out to
everyone affected by this tragedy. (What a terrible coincidence that
this should happen the same week as the nightclub disaster here in
Chicago this past Sunday night.)
Here's a quick summary of a few news articles that have already
started making the rounds. CNN has apparently been showing actual
video of the fire, shot from inside the club. - Tim
*** NEWSFLASH ***
-A fire broke out during Great White's show last night at The Station
in West Warwick, RI, killing at least 60 people and injuring 164 more.
The club was destroyed and people are still missing, including
guitarist Ty Longley. According to various reports from sources such
as CNN, the AP, and others, a pyrotechnic effect went off during the
set's first song and flames quickly ran up the wall behind the band.
Some crowd members apparently thought it was all part of the show. The
lights went out and there was no sprinkler system to douse the flames.
The band jumped into the crowd as everyone tried to escape. One
account said the "entire club was consumed by flames within three
minutes," according to West Warwick Fire Chief Charles Hall.
Singer Jack Russell said that prior to the show, the club's manager
approved the use of the pyro. CNN reported the venue's stage
technician, Paul Vanner, "said he was not aware that the band planned
to use fireworks." Vanner said normally if pyro is to be used then a
licensed expert will supervise -- but there was no supervisor last
Fire Chief Hall said the club passed a fire inspection in December but
did *not* have a permit to use pyrotechnics. According to another
report, "officials say an investigation is under way to see if the
nightclub had a license for fireworks." In the AP report, Hall said a
sprinkler system wasn't required due to the building's size.
Pictures and more info can be found at:
*** OUT ***
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