Friday, February 21, 2003

Another club tragedy.

This time, at least 85 people died from burns, smoke inhalation and trampling due to the (apparently illegal) use of pyrotechnics in a crowded club in Rhode Island.

Not much more to add to that, except that I wonder whether the timing of this and the Chicago tragedy will lead to a crackdown on dance clubs, and what the nature of that crackdown would be. Considering that trampling was an issue again, I'd say that enforcing fire code regulations will be a likely start; but if the several stories I've read saying that promoters go broke unless they exceed capacity is true, then they might end up raising prices. (Which would probably reduce attendence, making the entire thing moot; but at least the trampling wouldn't be such a threat.)

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