Burned Opera Fire-Blower Released From Hospital

Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 06:00 PM

Wesley Daniel, the fire-blower who was burned at Lyric Opera of Chicago Wesley Daniel, the fire-blower who was burned at Lyric Opera of Chicago

A fire-blowing stilt-walker with the Lyric Opera of Chicago who suffered second-degree burns during a dress rehearsal was released from the hospital Thursday.

Dr. Arthur Sanford of Loyola University Medical Center said Wesley Daniel, 24, should heal within two weeks. He equated the injuries to a "deep sunburn," and said that within six months, the incident should likely be a "bad memory."

Daniel was rehearsing Monday for the opera Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg when he had to swig flammable liquid and spit it onto a torch he was holding. Witnesses described him staggering off stage and falling to the floor.

The hospital released a picture of a Daniel with bandages over his face, head and left hand and giving an "OK" sign.

"Wesley is in good spirits," Daniel's father, Clifton Daniel, said. "We're going to take him home and let him eat what he wants ... We're going to let him rest and begin to heal."

Clifton Daniel says his son hasn't been able to give a cause for the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the opera after the incident. The opera has said it is fully cooperating.



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Bob Scharba from Chicago, IL, USA

A friend of mine had heard of this incident, which was news me. She asked me what opera has a fire-eater in it. I told her "none that I'm aware of." Silly.....very silly.

Mar. 01 2013 05:05 AM

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