When we were at the theater the other day, there was a major issue with their HVAC system.
I have never been in a crowded place before where there was an issue with smoke, and I really had no idea how many people would freak out because of the smoke! As soon as the smoke started pouring out of the heating vents in the ceiling, everyone started to panic. People were pushing and shoving like crazy to try to get out of the building and I have never seen anything like it before. I personally did not really panic. I kind of just stood back and watched everyone else with amazement. I mean, it’s not like we were trapped or anything and I knew that even if the building was on fire, it wasn’t going to collapse immediately as soon as we started seeing smoke. I figured it was safer to stand back and watch than risk being trampled by a horde of scared people. It turned out that I was right after all, because there wasn’t even a fire. There was just an issue with the HVAC system in the theater. The theater is rather old, and apparently, so is their heating and cooling system. The old oil furnace that they have in the basement was having some issues and somehow smoke got backed up and started coming in through the ventilation system. When the fire trucks got there, a commercial HVAC company also showed up. The manager of the theater got up on the stage and explained everything to us once everyone had settled down. Needless to say, they canceled the show.