The Phoenix Fire Department have now launched an investigation into the cause of the massive bonfire that was started at the SLIPKNOT concert Tuesday night (November 2).
The band was performing at the Ak-Chin Pavilion as part of SLIPKNOT’s “Knotfest Roadshow” when concert goers set fire to a stack of lawn chairs. The blaze was captured by numerous spectators and began showing up in social media posts from fans who were in attendance.
As a result, SLIPKNOT’s performance was stopped for approximately 30 minutes in order for the fire department to put out the blaze. SLIPKNOT were reportedly forced to drop “Duality” and “Spit It Out” from their set as a result.
Just prior to the fire, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to guitarist Mick Thomson, who turns 48 today, before SLIPKNOT launched into “All Out Life”.
A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson told the Arizona Republic Engine Company 40 “responded to the pavilion and found a large contents fire… possibly started by bystanders at the event.”
The engine company established a water supply, extending handlines off the truck to the “for an aggressive fire attack,” the spokesperson reported.
“The fire was thoroughly extinguished without any extension to the major structure and no injuries were reported at the incident. The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no persons were displaced at this incident.”