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Safety regulations under miscroscope at Bucharest club

Romanian president says rules may not have been followed at rock venue where fire killed 27 people

The Romanian president says safety regulations could have been ignored at a rock club where a fire killed 27 people on Friday.

The blaze is believed to have started in Bucharest's Colectiv club when a pyrotechnic display set fire to the stage during a concert by local band Goodbye To Gravity.

Up to 400 people were in the club at the time and more than 140 people remain in hospital. A stampede started after the fire took hold and swept through the venue.

It is now thought that safety rules were not heeded, the BBC reports.

President Klaus Iohannis – who declared three days of national mourning – says: "I am saddened, but also revolted that a tragedy of this scale could have taken place in Bucharest. We already have indications that the legal regulations had not been respected.

"I hope that the authorities manage their inquiry with speed and rigour."

Goodbye To Gravity are an award-winning five-piece metal band, formed in 2011 by members of Thunderstorm and TV talent search winner Andrei Galut. They’re signed to Universal Records Romania.

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