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Chicago Nightclub Tragedy

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Chicago Nightclub Tragedy

Chicago Nightclub Tragedy

Chicago Nightclub Tragedy

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It's dark, it's crowded, it's late and the crowd is excited. That shouldn't be a recipe for disaster, but in Chicago early Monday morning, it was. Twenty-one people were crushed to death in the E2 nightclub after a brief fight, and pepper spray prompted all the patrons to rush to the venue's lone exit. The Chicago incident is being described as a "crowd crush" in which the space available per person is less than 1.5 sq. ft. and can lead to compressive asphyxia, which prevents victims from talking or breathing. Jake Pauls, a building use and safety consultant, joins host Neal Conan to talk about crowd incidents and what can be done to prevent them.

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Jake Pauls
*Independant Consultant on Building Use and Safety

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