By DiMarkco Chandler:
20 people have been reported to be suffering respiratory irritations and burn injuries after exposure to “theatrical fog vapor” at a pre-party for the Teen Choice Awards in Hollywood.
The incident occurred at the Avalon Theater, where witnesses on the scene tell nbclosangeles.com that the occurrence resulted in chaos somewhat similar to what happen in Friday’s shooting in Aurora Colorado.
Brian Humphreys of the Los Angeles Fire Department tell us that the fog was so thick that partygoers could not see directly in front of them. It is believed that people were having trouble breathing from the release of carbon dioxide. Sources say that once party-goers were able to get some fresh air they felt better.
In addition, some of the injured complained of burns from the dripping liquid that makes the fog machine’s smoke effect.
Midnight Red, one of the bands performing at the event tweeted to their friend that a riot had broken out at the event. Their twitter account read: “Club smoke canisters malfunction. Small panic. Show cancelled by Fire team, not MNR for safety which best for all. Love.”
Channel 4 reported that 6 people were taken to a nearby hospital and a total of 22 patients were treated.
As the twitter account indicated, the Fire Marshall shut the party down and police closed Vine Street between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard while those injured from the incident were being checked.