After Pyrotechnics at Concert Burn Girl, Suit Filed against Venue, Security Company, Tour Promoters

Permit for pyrotechnics allegedly not obtained, girl's dress was caught on fire by fireworks show at rap concert


A 14-year-old girl who suffered second- and third-degree burns when a rap show performer allegedly shot cannon fireworks into the audience is suing the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, its security firm, the concert's promoters and the rapper.

The incident occurred last November, but the lawsuit was not filed until Oct. 29. Commissioners for the Coliseum discussed the lawsuit during an executive session on Thursday. None of the defendants has filed replies yet to the allegations in the court complaint, which tells one side of the dispute.

The girl attended "The Showdown Tour" and sat on the front row, not knowing pyrotechnics or fireworks would be a part of the show, according to the court papers. No permit was obtained from the Biloxi Fire Department for a fireworks show, the complaint asserts.

The sparks of a firecracker allegedly fell between her legs and caught her dress afire. She sustained burns on both legs and between her legs, according to statements from doctors.

The other defendants besides the Coliseum are Club Illusions Inc., Darline Bush, George L. Bush, Barbara Morgan, the Wackenhut Corp., Wackenhut Services Inc. and The Showdown Tour Rap Show. The identity of the rap performer who fired the cannon is not stated in the complaint, but the assertion is made that some of the defendants can identify him.