Easter Reenactment Goes Terribly Wrong When Pyrotechnics Set Church Stage on Fire

“To this Day, it amazes me that a nation, such as ours, is still so complacent when it comes to fire safety and evacuation!”

Rev. Mike Dennis, the pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Canton, Ohio, believes this past Easter is one not soon to be forgotten. Pyrotechnics part of the services’ reenactment of Jesus Christ’s resurrection lit the prop meant to be the tomb on fire.

Just as the lead singer, identified as Jonathan White in the video, is narrating how Jesus had risen from the dead — a point at which the light display was turned on — a wire sparked putting everything nearby ablaze. Video taken by someone in the congregation shows church members popping up to help, running across the stage with flaming objects. All the while, neither White, the choir directed by Tim Pitzer, nor the actor playing Jesus missed a beat.

As the words “he is risen” was sung among the burning stage items, many in the congregation clapped.

Later in the video after the scene is done (although the screen goes blank at 2:30 there is still audio), you can hear the pastor ask “how many of you will never forget this morning?”

“You know the most exciting thing,” he continued, “I think we’re going to get new carpet!”

Source: The Blaze – Read the rest of the story here: http://bit.ly/Z6OlMU

2 thoughts on “Easter Reenactment Goes Terribly Wrong When Pyrotechnics Set Church Stage on Fire

  1. Thankfully, these people had working fire extinguishers ready and were able to suppress the fire quickly. We have seen pyrotechnics cause devastating fires way too many times. Most recently in the Brazilian nightclub fire, where over 240 people lost their lives and ten years ago in Rhode Island at the Station nightclub fire, where 100 people were killed. http://www.hgi-fire.com/blog/nearly-a-decade-later-fire-at-a-brazilian-nightclub-offers-similarities-to-the-station-nightclub-fire.


    1. Yes, while they had extinguishers and used them, there was no obvious attempt to evacuate the Church. The complacency was so obvious that the service continued on with commentary about “getting new carpet”. Rather than stopping and getting people out of harms way.


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