New York (July 29, 2004)–Coming 17 months after one of the worst concert-related disasters in U.S. history, a 70-count lawsuit has been filed regarding the Station Night Club fire in West Warwick, RI. During a Great White concert on February 20, 2003, a fire broke out when on-stage pyrotechnics ignited the club’s soundproofing. A total of 100 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured.
The lawsuit names 46 defendants, including audio manufacturer JBL Professional; soundproofing manufacturers Leggett & Platt, General Foam Corp., GFC Foam, LLC, Foamex, LP, Foamex International and American Foam Corp.; Clear Channel Broadcasting; pyro manufacturer Luna Tech and pyro vendor High Tech Special Effects; and Four Seasons Coach Leasing.
The suit alleges that JBL Professional manufactured speakers and amplifiers used at the club which contained “highly flammable foam on and within the speakers.” Reputedly, the speakers at the Station were Venue series loudspeakers. JBL was in fact unaware of the lawsuit until it was contacted by Pro Sound News; the manufacturer had no comment at this time.