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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stampede! Wiki Mini-Wander.

Check out this amazing list of human stampedes causing deaths in the 20th and 21st centuries. I remember when the 11 people crushed at the Who concert in Cincinnati was huge news, and WKRP In Cincinnatti did an episode about it. But that's nothing compared to other such events, which are surprisingly common.

This took me to the 2003 Great White* fire at The Station. I've watched the entirety of the video, and it's chilling. What's fascinating to me is the fallout of 100 people dead (mostly due to smoke inhalation because they couldn't escape in the stampede that packed the exits): The band, which employed the manager who placed the pyrotechnics, paid the families of the dead $1 million. The owners of the nightclub settled for  $813,000. JBL Speakers company paid $815,000. The foam companies paid $25 million. The state of Rhode Island and the City of Warwick, which apparently didn't properly enforce updated fire codes, paid $10 million. Okay. But the one that blows me away is that the television station that employed the cameraman that got the footage that told us what happened agreed to pay $30 million, because the cameraman supposedly got in the way of the exit and didn't help people get out.

I've watched the video, frustrated that people aren't helping to pull the crush of persons out of the exit. But this seems extreme.

The installers of the foam insulation haven't paid anything.


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3 Comments:

At Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Interesting how little we hear about these, much less how much got paid out in the after effects of the fire in RI.

 
At Monday, July 22, 2013 1:16:00 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

It was Great White playing that night not White Snake. Although 80's hair metal bands do look a lot alike.

 
At Monday, July 22, 2013 3:07:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Oops! Fixed. Thanks.

 

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