How many times do we have to learn that fireworks, alcohol and nightclubs don’t mix?
China experienced another unnecessary tragedy of party-fireworks-nightclub when a group celebrating a birthday during China’s New Year shot off fireworks at their table and set fire to a bar in China’s Fujian province, leading to the deaths of 15 people, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The fire was in Changle City, which translates into “lasting happiness.”
This tragedy has been played out in Bangkok where a band named “Burn” ignited destruction and death. Sixty-five people were killed in that fire in the crowded Santika nightclub exposing the dismal safety standards of Bangkok’s shady entertainment scene.
A Rhode Island club fire in 2003 killed 100.
We may never know the complete cause of death in China in this fireworks incident because China controls its media. But it is a safe bet that fireworks, alcohol and bad safety thinking are to blame.
China fire from CNN:
Aftermath of the January 1 Club fire in Thailand. Photograph by: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters, Reuters