Pyrotechnics can be deadly

Music is only part of the show at many concerts these days. Unfortunately, death sometimes is on stage, too.

During the weekend, people in West Warwick, R.I., observed a grim anniversary. It was 10 years ago that 100 people perished in a nightclub fire there, when pyrotechnics used by the band caught the building on fire.

Earlier this year, 235 people died in a Brazilian nightclub when a band’s fireworks show turned into a disaster.

The list of such tragedies is longer than you may think: Among the worst were 174 deaths in Argentina in 2004, 61 in Thailand in 2008 and 112 in Russia in 2009. Indoor fireworks mishaps occur regularly throughout the world.

Legislators should look at strengthening fireworks regulations, especially inside public places.

New laws could lead to complaints or people refusing to perform.

But pyrotechnics clearly are dangerous – and all too often result in deaths by the dozen, or even hundreds.