It is supposed to be a place you go to unwind and have fun on the weekend. But this Sunday, at around 2a.m., many patrons found themselves in a panic at a popular nightclub in Brazil. During a band’s pyrotechnics show, a fire rapidly filled the club with smoke. More than 200 people (mostly teens) died when they could not find the emergency exits. Original figures listed 245 deaths, but new numbers are at 232.
According to police, over 500 people were trapped in the Boate Kiss nightclub when the building went into flames. Most fatalities were due to the heavy smoke that filled the club, but others may have been trampled. It was reported that one exit door was locked, leaving nowhere for patrons to escape. Over 90% of the victims were found in bathrooms based on some accounts.
This is a horrible way to lose your life and after previous fires caused by pyrotechnics, you would think they would have banned it by now. The other similar incidents include; a fire at a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, back in 2003 killing 100 patrons, along with a blaze in a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2004 that killed nearly 200 people. However, this is the deadliest nightclub disaster of the 2000’s.
Survivor Taynne Vendrusculo told reporter’s; “When I looked around, all I saw were dead bodies all around, lying on the floor. It all happened so fast. Both the panic and the fire spread rapidly, in seconds.”
It is still under investigation, but authorities expect the number of deaths to rise. President Dilma Rousseff, cut her trip to Chile short, to return home to visit the scene of the fire.
When will they learn, this is not a smart thing to do in a nightclub. Tragic…
WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE FIRE IN PROGRESS