A fiery explosion killed 27 people and sent nearly 200 others to the emergency room on Halloween Eve. Full story and videos after the jump.

A blazing fire caused by pyrotechnics left 27 young people dead and injured almost 200 others last night at Club Colectiv in Bucharest, Romania. An explosion erupted around 11 p.m. during a free 400 person concert held by heavy metal band ‘Goodbye To Gravity’, when the ceiling and a pillar caught fire. The fire spread as quickly as the club goer’s panic did and ultimately ended in a tragic turn of events.

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Two of the band’s members are reportedly in critical condition in Floreasca Emergency Hospital. The horror dished out left many witnesses and survivors as well to speak out on the situation. Florentina Dinca who lives across from the nightclub explained:

“They were very frightened, they screamed, ambulances didn’t know what to do.” “Girls had their hair burned, they had burns on their faces. It was terror. “

Another witness of the destruction, Victor Ionescu, told Romanian television station Antena 3:

“People were fainting, they were fainting because of the smoke. It was total chaos, people were trampled,” .

Delia Tugui, teacher at the American International School of Bucharest who was at the event with her husband and son, stated the lead singer of the band made a subtle joke about the explosion initially with a post on Facebook:

“The soloist made a quick joke: ‘This wasn’t part of the program.’ The next second, he realized it wasn’t a joke and asked for a fire extinguisher, In 30 seconds…the fire spread all over the ceiling. People rushed to the entrance but it was too narrow, and people panicked. Behind me people stampeded, climbing over each other, to try and get out.”

Albeit, this wasn’t the first tragedy a musical act was extinguished by pyrotechnic disfunctionalities. ‘The Station’ nightclub in Rhode Island had a huge fire that killed 100 people in West Warwick back in 2003, as well as the ‘Kiss’ nightclub fire in Brazil – which killed 242 people in the university town of Santa Maria in 2013.

A spokesman for Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Bogdan Oprita, detailed that this was the worst bloodshed since the 1989 anti-Communist revolution. Our prayers are with those lost ones and their families.

Prosecutors are investigating a possible manslaughter case as they question the club’s owners.

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