No more foam parties without meeting conditions, health unit tells nightclub

A Kingston, Ont., nightclub must meet a list of specific conditions if it wants to host another foam party, following an investigation by public health officials into several cases of eye irritation.

Ten people had their eyes flushed by staff at Kingston General Hospital’s emergency department overnight on April 7 and into the next morning after experiencing “chemical eye exposure,” a spokesperson previously confirmed.

Two of those patients told CBC News their eyes began burning and stinging after attending a foam party at Stages Nightclub, a popular bar on Princess Street.

“The pain was just unbelievable,” Bryan Kirkham said at the time, comparing the sensation to someone digging into his eyes.

“Once we got into the hospital, honestly, I’d give [the pain] about a nine out of 10. It was one of the worst pains I’ve felt.”

‘The pain was just unbelievable,’ says man who attended foam party

Bryan Kirkham, who attended a foam party at Stages Nightclub in Kingston, Ont., says after he left the club, he couldn’t open his eyes and they ‘started to burn.’

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health said it was investigating and, in a statement Wednesday, said the information it received suggests all of the patients experiencing eye irritation that night had attended the party.

The foam used at Stages Nightclub that night “may have contributed to eye irritation in some patrons,” the health unit said.

Stages did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Public health said the club has voluntarily opted not to host any more foam parties on Princess Street.

However, if it does throw another one, it must meet a list of requirements.

Those include notifying health officials in advance to make sure all equipment is in good working order and consulting the foam manufacturer to ensure all of their instructions are being followed.

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