Thunderbolt Flames Start Gauze Fire
During the production of “La Vestale” at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York City, on January 7, flames from the thunderbolt which lights the vestal’s altar in the last act set fire to the canvas and gauze which overhang the scenery. The flames coursed down the great tree as usual, but remained glowing above. Several stage hands rushed out in Roman helmets, seized and dragged the burning materials off the stage. Many of the spectators accepted the incident as part of the performance, and little or no commotion was caused in the audience.
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