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Jan 06 2016

WW: Pyrotechnics

Category: Egress,Fire Doors,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 1:44 am Comments (4)

As most of you can probably guess, the safety standards here in Mexico are a little different from the US.  I have to admit that I was still caught by surprise when I attended a kids’ dance performance (in a crowded theater with no sprinklers) that ended with this:


My first thought as the pyrotechnics lit up the stage just a few rows in front of me, was of the 2003 tragedy at the Station Nightclub in Rhode Island.  I recently read this account from a survivor of that fire, who is now working with NFPA to advocate for fire sprinklers in all buildings.

4 Responses to “WW: Pyrotechnics”

  1. Charles says:

    Looks like the children are a safe distance, not sure about the audience??

    They could have chosen one that did not go as high, and get the same wow factor.

  2. Estefano Pilonieta says:

    I had the same though at my sister’s wedding, in Mexico too! Someone at the party mentioned that they are “cold” fireworks, which might mean safer, but I am not sure how flammable they are and if indoors is ever a good option. Must have been an epic performance!

  3. Jerry Austin says:

    One of the multiple death fires involved the substitution of a pyrotechnic fountain meant for outside use. I understand those designed for inside use are much more subdued concerning intensity and height but they are more expensive which lead to the substitution of the wrong type.

    • Lori says:

      I don’t think we have many rules for fireworks here in Mexico…when they light the “castillo” (big metal castle with spinny fireworks) a big round metal thing spins off the top and lands wherever. I swear it could kill someone when it falls out of the sky. Anything for a thrill!

      – Lori

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