PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- One year after a rock band's pyrotechnics set a nightclub ablaze, killing 100 people and injuring scores of others, only Rhode Island has enacted sweeping new fire safety measures dealing with everything from fire sprinklers to upgrading older buildings.
The deadly Rhode Island blaze prompted fire marshals across the nation to review their safety inspections. At least 15 states debated tougher laws, mostly dealing with pyrotechnics, and a national fire safety association approved more stringent safety recommendations. But national fire safety experts say it could take years for many other states to follow Rhode Island's lead.
``It's not my sense that (the Rhode Island) fire is poised to make profound change,'' said David Lucht, director of the Center for Firesafety Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. ``We don't as a society take fire safety that seriously.''
Since the nation's fourth-deadliest nightclub fire, eight other states _ Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New York and North Carolina _ approved tighter rules for indoor fireworks. Cities also debated changes, with Boston banning indoor pyrotechnics.
``The fire absolutely put the issue on the radar screen,'' said Julie Heckman, executive director of the Maryland-based American Pyrotechnics Association. ``What we saw in Rhode Island was the blatant misuse of indoor pyrotechnics.''
The association, which includes 260 companies, wants all states to adopt uniform standards and licensing requirements for fireworks use.
The Rhode Island blaze _ sparked by a pyrotechnic show by the band Great White _ was the impetus for standards approved last summer by the Quincy, Mass.-based National Fire Protection Association. The group now recommends requiring sprinklers in every new club serving at least 50 patrons, and in every existing club serving at least 100.
Thirty-four states, including Rhode Island, voluntarily adopted the group's previous recommendations. It could be another decade before the association knows how broadly its new standards will be adopted, said NFPA assistant Vice President Robert Solomon.
``It will be a more drawn-out process,'' he said. ``We've seen good things come from these types of tragedies.''