Report by Steven R. Rochlin
Some people were not just content with
watching the fire. They wanted to celebrate inside it! Seen to the right are two young men
rejoicing while standing on a piece of the 4' x 8' plywood on top of the fire which was
part of the wooden wall that surrounded the Woodstock '99 festival. This photo was taken
about midway into the riot. Eventually the fire seen here grew to about three times it's
Death defying leaps were made by some youths as they jumped over the fire
itself! If you look carefully at the top center of this photo, you can see a rioter in mid
jump over the fire itself. Fortunately he was not hurt and landed safely on the other side
with just some burnt hair.
Continuing from our previous coverage of the speaker and light
tower from yesterday's coverage,
seen here are many of the rioters celebrating their feat of toppling over the tower. This
is also proof of just how very sturdy this structure is as over two dozen individuals have
a good time on it.
As another continuation from yesterday's update, here is another photo of the burning
trailers. You can easily se the smoke pouring into the air. Not just from the trailers,
but also from the field behind them. The rear right half of this photo shows the East
stage which is approximately eight blocks away (rounded top structure).
Here is a close up of one of the burning trailers. As you can see, the legs
which held the front part of it have collapsed due to stress. These were air conditioned
trailers used to hold food or ice for vendors throughout Woodstock '99. On the left side
of the trailer you can see where the extreme heat has taken its toll. Since i felt more
detail was needed, seen below is a closer photograph of the severe damage.
This photo shows the severity of the damage caused by
the fire-wielding rioters. The side of the trailer closest to us suffers from ruthless
heat damage. You can easily see how the heat made the metal bend as well as the
discolorations associated with such exposure. i want you to pay close attention to the
rear of the trailer as the heat has literally burnt it away! If you carefully look on the
ground below it you can see what is left of the wheels and supporting structure that make
up trailers such as this. Even though the firemen did a great job at containing the fires,
some of these trailer like this one still smoldered hours later. Are the ground were red
embers still burning away.
Lastly, here is a side view of the
Mercedes that was turned over and for the most part destroyed.
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