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Originally posted by groingrinder
Seems to me there should be more than one person responsible. I think the nightclub manager and owner should bear the ultimate responsibility for shows that take place at the club.
Mar 19, 2008 12:14 pm US/Eastern
Band Manager In R.I. Fire Released From PrisonCRANSTON, R.I. (WBZ) ―
Former Great White Tour Manager, Dan Biechele is released from prison.
The band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 has been freed from prison after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.
Daniel Biechele, 31, walked from the front door of the state's minimum security prison into his lawyer's car about noon Wednesday and was driven away. He did not respond to questions as he got into the car.
Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s hair band Great White, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for his part in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.
Biechele tearfully apologized at his sentencing hearing, saying he wasn't sure he could ever forgive himself, and didn't expect forgiveness from anyone else.
An explosion late Friday at a nightclub in central Russia killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others, Russian officials said.
Eighty-five of the injured were in critical condition, officials with the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.
Explosives experts of the Federal Security Service examined the club building, the ministry said. The preliminary theory behind the blast in the city of Perm, 900 miles east of Moscow, was "unsanctioned use of pyrotechnical devices," the ministry said.
"The breach of technology while setting off a firework was the cause of the accident," said Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor's Office.
Right before the blast, an artist performing on stage juggled with what was described as cold-flame pyrotechnical maces that he threw high up in the air, law enforcement officials said on Russian state television.
The club's ceiling caught fire and almost immediately spread on to the wooden walls, cutting off exits from the building, the officials said.
Russian news media said the blast occurred as a party was in full swing at The Lame Horse nightclub, which was celebrating its eighth year in business.