A $10,000 Sky-Rocket.
A single sky-rocket, and the official blunder that permitted its use, have cost the city of Brooklyn a good deal more than $11,000. The flaming missile entered the window of the house of Dr. S. Fleet Spier of Montague street, in the evening of November 1, 1887, while David B. Hill was speaking in the neighboring Academy of Music. The fire so caused destroyed a valuable library, costly surgical instruments and choice works of art, besides doing much damage to the building. Dr. Spier estimated his loss at $15,000, and for this amount he commenced a suit against the city. Judgment has recently been rendered in the City Court awarding him $11,000 as damages, with interest from March 30, 1888, and costs. Judge Clement said that the city ordinance under which Mayor Whitney acted in granting the permit to set off the fireworks, authorizes the issuance of permits for firework displays in proper places only, such as Fort Green Bark or in a public square, and not in a street; that the discharge of fireworks in a street is a nuisance that has been tolerated but not authorised; and that the licensing of a nuisance makes the city responsible for the Mayor’s mistake and liable for the damages arising therefrom. The case is a good object lesson on the fireworks question.