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PAUL McCARTNEY STAGE PYRO SINGES ROOF OF ARENA

12/7/2012

Paul McCartney's recent show at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia almost set the place on fire -- literally. According to CTV News, a display of pyrotechnics during McCartney's performance of "Live And Let Die" sent flames directly into the roof of the venue -- which had just recently been built to the tune of $465 million. Witness Adam Lee said, "The fireworks were literally bouncing off the rooftop (then) coming down a bit. We all thought, 'What if there's a fire?'"

The venue's owners were still assessing the damage to the roof's flame-resistant lining, although it appeared to be slight. Any potential repairs will be paid for by McCartney's tour. It is unlikely he will be fined for the incident.

Vancouver Fire Chief Les Sziklai said, "It seems like it was really just a mechanical issue. The measurement was taken with a portable device that for some reason measured 20 or 30 feet higher than the actual ceiling."

As a result of the incident, however, the Vancouver fire department will now supervise pre-testing for every show at the stadium using pyrotechnics, and will provide technicians with the proper ceiling heights.


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