ROMANIA: Dozens Killed In Bucharest Nightclub Fire Following Rock Concert Pyrotechnics

In an incident that echoes the gruesome Rhode Island nightclub fire of 2003, dozens of concert attendees in Bucharest, Romania were killed tonight in a nightclub fire that may been sparked by a metal band’s pyrotechnics. The Express reports:

At least 25 people have been killed and 88 wounded in the blast – thought to have been triggered by fireworks. A fire broke out after the pyrotechnics were used inside the Colectiv club in Bucharest, Romania, local media reported. It is thought that as many as 400 people were in the venue – where a local rock band were performing – when the explosion occurred. Some of the victims are said to be foreigners but their nationalities have not been confirmed. Reporter Dana Carbunaru said: “Apparently there were several hundred people in the club at the time of the explosion. “It seems that someone had [been] given fireworks at a time, the fireworks have reached the ceiling and wiring had exploded.” Gabriel Oprea, Romania’s interior minister, said: “Unfortunately, the number of deaths is expected to rise.” The event featured a “customised light show and pyrotechnic effects”, according to a Facebook event page set up by the club.

The Rhode Island fire, which killed 100, was sparked by pyrotechnics set off by the crew of the heavy metal band Great White. The advertised band in Bucharest tonight was Goodbye To Gravity. Goodbyegravity

  • bkmn

    But according to the GOP regulations are killing business!!! Doesn’t anyone care about the business?

    • Bad Tom

      An incident like this destroys the business, and everyone involved.
      If they survive the night.

      • Steve Teeter

        Yes. The site of The Station is an empty lot now, and the owners went to prison.

    • J Vaux

      I lived in Bucharest for a bit. If anyone wants to see unbridled capitalism where all regulations can be bypassed for a bribe, look here. When I was commuting from my flat on Revolutionary Square to the outskirts (old Russian military base… it was James Bond villian creepy) I would always see high-end Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s with Florida or other US plates on them. I sent a few of them back to the DMV in Florida. All were stolen, most over a year ago, all driving around an EU country with no care in the world.

  • Yikes. That’s damn sad. Didn’t they really crack down on pyrotechnics indoors here after the Rhode Island fire?

    • Natty Enquirer

      The pyro setup at The Station was not compliant with existing law. In fact, it wasn’t even compliant with the instructions that came with the gerbs, which mandated more clear space than they had in the club.

      • Guhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

      • Bad Tom

        Great White used outdoor gerbs indoors. And, the sound insulation at The Station was highly flammable, in violation of existing code. In addition, some fire exits were locked, also in violation of fire code.

        No major accident is caused by one thing going wrong. The Coconut Grove fire in Boston had a shockingly similar narrative.

        So very sad. Damn!

        • Natty Enquirer

          I don’t think there were locked exits at The Station, but provide a source if you have one. I do know that one exit was blocked by a bouncer who said only the band could use it. The main problem at The Station was that the patrons didn’t know about the other exits and they all tried to get out the same way they came in. There is a horrific video of people piled in the front doorway, unable to move, as they burn to death.

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    • bkmn

      Why does anyone think it is a good thing to ignite pyrotechnics inside? Was the band that bad that they needed something to cover for them?

      • petewestcentral

        This was my first thought when I heard the newsflash. Not about a band’s quality, but how anyone, anywhere, could see fireworks indoors as not crazy.

  • Octavio

    Same situation with the Cromagnon fire in Buenos Aires, 2004. Rock performance attendees lit fireworks indoors setting styrofoam on fire. Fire exits were blocke. 175 died (including band members of the rock group) and 700 were injured. The city mayor was removed from office and put on trial along with sub commissioners. Seven sub commissioners were eventually found guilty. Most of them are still in prison. I have a serious fear of night clubs in basements and uncontrolled crowds in general. My favorite bar is Contra Mano in BsAs. Unfortunately it’s in a basement and has only two exits. Same thing with La Metro in BCN.

    Also, exact same problem with club owners and the all-mighty Peso/Dollar/Yen/Pound your favorite currency here. 🙂

    • fuzzybits

      I can’t imagine being in such a small place on fire and knowing you’re trapped.

      • Octavio

        Don’t think about it. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’ll never happen.

    • Steve Teeter

      This is why I don’t go down to the French Quarter for Mardi Gras any more. Especially on Bourbon Street, where the girls are on balconies flashing their tits for beads. It’s easy to get caught up in a crowd where you have NO freedom of movement. It’s frightening! The best you can do is sort of push in the direction you want to go, and as holes open up in the random movements of the crowd, you slip through them. And once you make it out into the open air, you swear to yourself that you will never, ever do that again.

      • Octavio

        I suffer a major problem with claustrophobia. Can’t deal with being restricted in any way. I was arrested and handcuffed during a war protest (several times) and passed out from the fear of being constrained. Airplanes have become a particular problem the last few years. Fortunately, there is Valium. Valium does work. 🙂

      • i’ve never been to a show with indoor pyro and i’m not sure i ever would go to one. that said? i’m shuddering, reading this story and thinking about all the places i’ve been to where there was an equal risk. illegal venues, private residences, underground and basement venues…

        in this country, we don’t really ‘do’ regulation so well. we could, but republicans hate it and refuse to pay for or enforce it. so it’s really easy, if you know how, to set up a totally not inspected, unprofessionally wired, not enough exits or windows sort of space.

        i had a girlfriend who ran an illegal unlicensed bar in detroit. it was cool as hell. and they did pay attention to safety. sort of. but i’ve been to illegal underground places that totally didn’t.

  • Joe knows who I am.

    Beware Bangkok. Many of those places are horribly monitored for regulations, when they’re regulated at all.

  • LAguy323

    Every time I go to an event in a club, theater or arena, I make a mental note of the nearest exit, just in case. Of course I am trusting that it’s unobstructed.

    • Bad Tom

      Better check that the exit is unlocked. That killed a bunch of folks at The Station.

      • BearEyes

        Locked exits at the Coconut Grove too

        • Guest

          The Coconut Grove featured revolving doors that had no adjacent side doors of the “normal” kind: panic caused customers to pile up into the revolving doors on both sides blocking everyone from exiting. You don’t see that kind of revolving door anywhere in the US now; laws were changed after Coconut Grove.

          • Steve Teeter

            Oh, you still see revolving doors in New York at least, based on my memory years ago of a visit there. But there were also “normal” doors on either side of the revolving doors. I guess the theory was that most people would use the revolving doors to keep the heat/cold out, but could use the normal doors if they wanted to. Or had to.

    • I always try to sit near the exits in movie theaters, in case there is a shooter. Maybe I should ask the event organizers at all large venues I attend to prove their doors aren’t locked, or test them myself. The worst thing that could happen is they kick me out for being too safety minded.

      • David Walker

        Or kick you out for triggering an alarm. And please remember that if you carry heat, you won’t have anything to worry about in a movie theater. /s

        • Bad Tom

          Usually alarmed doors are signed. You then can ass-u-me that they are unlocked.
          U bet UR life.

        • You can also always say that you fell against the door accidentally….I have a gimp leg due to a recent illness (and a cane and a handicap parking placard), so if they try to prosecute me for setting off the alarm, I’ll play the ‘handicap person’ card.

  • BearEyes

    Yup, Rhode Island was the first thing I thought of with the headline.

    • Nychta

      Me, too.

  • Marcella Cruser

    Why the hell would they use fireworks in something with a roof? It ain’t rocket science.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      It’s not even bottle rocket science. It’s just plain common…um…whatchyamacallit…

  • Aldous Mina

    I have lived and worked in Romania in support of there economic development initiative. Sad day for the friends and families of those affected. Thoughts and prayers~

    • saltysailor

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  • Tempus Fuggit

    Oh, wait, don’t set off fireworks inside a building? Oh! Who knew…!