Fireworks Blast Kills 100 at Russian Nightclub

140 injured as celebration turns deadly
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2009 10:00 PM CST
In this image TV, rescuers carry the body of a victim outside a nightclub in Perm, Russia, early Saturday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – An explosion and fire caused by fireworks killed more than 100 and injured at least 140 overnight at a nightclub in Russia’s sixth-largest city. The Lame Horse in Perm was celebrating its eighth anniversary, one official says, and “there were fireworks launched at the scene, and one hit the plastic ceiling, setting all ablaze. People panicked and succumbed to burns, general crush and gas poisoning.”

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