This large showroom had approximately 900-1000 persons enjoying Teter & MacDonald's comedy, when Walter Bailey, hero busboy, made his announcement on stage. Patrons were moving at a glacial pace to exit the room, when a fireball burst through the sound & lighting room, which shot 30 feet in the room. The lights went out. Stampeding began and bodies became entangled in doorways. Patrons became lost in mazes of hallways and dressing rooms, looking through the dense black smoke for any way out.