Fire at Lyric Opera of Chicago prompts probe

February 5, 2013

The Associated Press

A federal agency is investigating the injury suffered by a fire-blowing stilt-walker who was burned during a dress rehearsal at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Spokesman Scott Allen of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that a compliance officer has already visited the opera. Allen says the agency will interview witnesses, performers and employees.

OSHA will try to determine whether the crew followed all safety regulations and whether there were any safety violations.

Wesley Daniel was burned Monday after putting alcohol in his mouth and blowing fire during a dress rehearsal of "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg."

He suffered second-degree burns around his mouth and is expected to be released from a hospital on Thursday.

The Lyric says the fire-blowing effect had been approved by the Chicago Fire Department.