Disasters: The Ice Show's Finale

A chorus line of 36 barelegged beauties on skates swirled in synchronized precision over the ice rink in Indianapolis' State Fairgrounds Coliseum. They wore sequined leotards and yellow-feathered headdresses, and they dipped and swooped together to the ricky-tick tempo of an 18-piece band playing Dixieland. Fireworks sparked near the roof girders, and a family-trade crowd of 4,320 oohed and aahed. This was the finale of the Holiday on Ice show's first night in Indianapolis—a Mardi Gras production number.

Before it ended, an explosion thundered through the auditorium. A 30-ft. wall of flame shot over a section of box seats and rinkside...

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