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Turns out candles and booze bottles do mix

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 20, 2006 at 1:19 pm | No Comments »
December 20, 2006 1:19 pm

One of my TNT colleagues who’s become a regular at The Matador wondered about the votive candles scattered among the liquor bottles on back bar of the Tex-Mex joint in downtown Tacoma. He was particularly concerned about a bottle of Bacardi 151 that had a candle next to it. Bacardi 151, after all, is the booze that’s commonly used to create flaming drinks and desserts.


Isn’t that dangerous? Isn’t that illegal?


I called Don Post of Tacoma’s Fire Prevention Bureau to find out. He says it’s perfectly legal and safe.


"Liquor is not considered a flammable liquid," Post said. "It would be difficult to get a bottle of liquor on fire. A candle is not going to do anything. The vapors are not going to come up and do anything."


He added: "Of course, it could be used as a Molotov cocktail."


That would indeed be dangerous, but Molotovs aren’t on The Matador’s menu.


Now we know.

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