Fire alarm forces Lawrence Hall evacuation during CAB movie night

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Students at Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) movie night, part of Point Park’s Welcome Week, had to evacuate Lawrence Hall Wednesday after a cotton candy machine set off the fire alarm.

Point Park Police Lieutenant Nicholas Black and Resident Director Caleb Rodgers confirmed a cotton candy machine outside the Lawrence Hall Ballroom was the cause of the fire alarm. Lawrence Hall and the George Rowland White Performance Center were evacuated around 9:30 p.m.

Fire fighters cleared the scene at 9:50 p.m. CAB paused the movie, “Captain America: Civil War” and resumed play once students were permitted to reenter the building. CAB members said the organization has used the same machine before without incident.

The organization released the statement following the event apologizing for the disruptance:

“The Campus Activities Board apologizes for any inconveniences caused to the students and staff of Lawrence Hall and the Point Park University community on the night of August 31, 2016.

Safety is our organization’s number one priority when it comes to the events we provide for students. We will be reaching out to public safety in order to determine what happened, in hopes of preventing further issues.

Students were able to finish the movie screening afterwards, and our organization is looking forward to another year of safe, enjoyable events.”

CAB’s movie night was originally scheduled for Village Park, but moved to the Lawrence Hall Ballroom due to rain.


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  • Students gather outside the Boulevard Apartments after evacuating Lawrence Hall Wednesday night due to a fire alarm caused by a cotton candy machine at CAB's movie night.

    Photo by Josh Croup

  • Firefighters responded to a call in Lawrence Hall Wednesday night. The fire alarm was set off by a cotton candy machine used by CAB for its Welcome Week movie night.

  • Firefighters gather in the entrance to Lawrence Hall after clearing the building when a fire alarm caused by a cotton candy machine at CAB's Welcome Week Movie Night.

    Photo by Josh Croup

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