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Romanian Nightclub Bosses Arrested After Fire Kills 31

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Vadim Ghirda—AP Ambulances are parked outside the site of a fire that occurred in a club, housed by the building in the background, in Bucharest.

Authorities said the club did not have the permits for pyrotechnic displays

Three managers of a Romanian discotheque were arrested on manslaughter charges Monday after a fire at their nightclub over the weekend left 31 dead and scores more injured.

The blaze began late Friday night at Colectiv, a factory-turned-nightclub in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, resulting from a fireworks display that authorities have since called unlawful, AFP reports. Victims of the resulting stampede died as the club’s patrons sought to find an emergency exit that witnesses say did not exist.

Prosecutors did not disclose the names of the three men detained on Monday.





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