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Death toll rises in NEW US club inferno. All Gearslutz OK?
Old 21st February 2003
Unhappy Death toll rises in NEW US club inferno. All Gearslutz OK?

At least 96 people are now known to have died in a massive blaze at a rock club in the eastern US state of Rhode Island.

Officials in the town of West Warwick said the death toll could rise further, with the search for bodies continuing and 160 people injured, some of them critically.

The club was engulfed by flames within minutes of the fire breaking out during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert.

News on the Chicago tragedy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The owners of a club where 21 people died in a crush of bodies during a stampede for the exit were expected to face criminal charges on Tuesday for violating a judge's order to close the club.
Old 22nd February 2003
mwagener's Avatar
🎧 15 years
The band was "Great White". I worked with them in the early 80s, nice guys. And already the clubowners are uniting and telling stories how it must be the band's fault because they used Pyro which wasn't authorized. When you see the footage, you can see that the whole thing was going up in flames in just seconds, no fire extiguisher in sight, exits not marked etc.

I hope the guys get out of this one ok.
Old 22nd February 2003
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e-cue's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Originally posted by mwagener

I hope the guys get out of this one ok.
Apparently, the guitarist is among the missing.
Old 22nd February 2003
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CrazyBeast's Avatar
🎧 15 years
there was a similar incident here, but with no casualties, the night before the Rhode Island incident. Pretty freakin strange all these things are happening in one week.
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