Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the fourth most deadly nightclub fire in U.S. history. On February 20, 2003, one hundred people died when a fire erupted at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire was started by pyrotechnics that were part of a performance by the hard rock band Great White. When flames began to climb the walls and it became apparent that the blaze wasn’t part of the show, people fled for the exits near the stage, where they were told by bouncers that those doors were for the band only. The band’s manager and the nightclub owners were tried following the fire. The graphic video below shows the mayhem and devastation that took place that night.
In a sadly similar situation last month, pyrotechnics caused a massive fire at the KISS nightclub in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The fire killed at least 239 people.