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Playing with Fire at Safety Week

Mock dorm fire draws crowds to Comm Ave

Click the player above to see how quickly a dorm-room fire can spread.


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The main event of Safety Week, a five-day stretch of programs around campus that covered alcohol abuse, property theft, safe sex, pedestrian and bike safety, and fire safety, took place on Friday morning: a full-size replica of a Boston University dorm room was set on fire in the Granby Street parking lot to illustrate how quickly flames can spread.

The Dorm Burn was one of the final events of this year’s safety initiative, sponsored by the offices of Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, and Environmental Health and Safety, along with the BU Police Department. Students spent the week participating in a range of activities, including a Beer Goggles obstacle course, where they donned goggles that simulate varying blood-alcohol levels and tried to navigate the course, and Rape Aggression Defense training sessions.

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.