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West Warwick, Rhode Island / Nightclub Fire / Club Safety #722392

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 21, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(West Warwick, Rhode Island: Carl Quintanilla) A deadly fire at a West Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub called The Station featured; details given about the dispute over whether the band Great White had permission to use pyrotechnics; scenes shown of the club in flames and injured people. [Three club PATRONS - describe what happened.] [Rhode Island hospital SPOKESMAN – comments on the condition of the victims.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Jim Avila) The footage shot by a local cameraman who was working on a story about nightclub safety after this week’s incident in Chicago featured; scenes shown from inside the club before and during the fire. [Witness Nicole CONANT†- comments.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The issue of nightclub safety examined; previous incidents cited, including the 1942 Cocoanut Grove Night Club fire in Boston, the 1977 Southgate, Kentucky, fire and the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire in Bronx, New York. [Washington, DC, club owner Mark BARNES‡- says there are problems when people are panicking; says he would not allow pyrotechnics in his club.] [Crowd control expert Paul WERTHEIMER††- describes what he looks for in small venues.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Quintanilla, Carl;
Avila, Jim;
Hager, Robert

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