Gay Club Hit By ‘Flaming Projectiles’ In Salt Lake City

ClubJamThe group gathered at Club JAM in Salt Lake City early Thursday morning were shocked and awed when they were suddenly "bombarded" by "flaming projectiles," the local ABC News affiliate reports.

According to witnesses, about 30 or 40 people were together in an outdoor area when someone lobbed a flaming object over the fence.

"All the sudden we saw something bright, I thought they were fireworks on the floor," said one of the club's patrons, Fernando Noriega. It wasn't a firework, and it wasn't alone.

The crowd quickly realized [it wasn't a firework] when several more flaming projectiles went flying through the crowd.

While some people put out the flames Fernando and a couple of others jumped over the fence to find those responsible. Noriega said, "As soon as they saw us and we shouted at them they just went screeching down Beck Street."

Fernando was able to get a good description of the three young men and the car they were driving…

Noriega insists the unidentified perpetrators had to have known there were people on the patio. "You can hear the people; see the people so you know there are people in there. It was definitely malicious. They definitely knew what they were doing," he said.

Police are now searching for the suspects, all of whom are described as white, in their late teens or early 20s and with blond, shaggy hair, which really doesn't narrow it down very much.


  1. shane says

    all these recent items on towleroad are beginning to resemble the last few episodes of ‘true blood’. battle lines drawn, intractable differences of inherent beliefs and immutable characteristics, false martyrdom and flared tempers…

  2. Francis says

    Summer is almost over. But that certainly does not mean the drama is. It truly seems like the Chick-fil-A drama and Boy Scouts debate have raised the stakes to the point where some on both sides now see violence as a means to get their point across. It’s actually a pretty scary situation, we all have to be vigilant.

    BTW, these kids were supposedly talking to a few other men dressed in church attire when they were talking to outside of the bar, before a couple of the conversation broke away from the pack and did this. Good that the description of their car is quite detailed, and the other men who didn’t throw the flaming projectiles supposedly didn’t say much when questioned by police afterward. It’s assumed this was a planned attack by polygamists.

    That’s why, although I know St. Lake has a very high gay population and is not as anti-gay as some assume, I don’t really consider it a gay-friendly city. There is too much homophobia from the different religious sects (Mormons in particular, obviously) and the city has a high hate crime rate.

  3. V-8 says

    so weird… I always thought that, if/when there would be another revolution in this country, it would still be about race… now everything seems to point out that it will be sex, gender, orientation… strange times… I guess this goes to show that somethings transcend race, which is somewhat a positive shift… but one hate replacing another…. =-/

  4. snowisfun says

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the gays staged this incident themselves and making up story of being attacked for sympathy. Homo groups are predictabe and transexuals are worse than the homos.

  5. Tom says

    I am “shocked and awed” about the quality of the writing on Towleroad lately. When did lines like “which really doesn’t narrow it down very much” become acceptable reporting and not just snarky one liners?

  6. Bill says

    I don’t know why people think this time is different from the past. I’ve been coming to towleroad for six years. The regularity of attacks and murders on gay people hasn’t changed.

  7. Icebloo says

    Of course the evil. incompetent police won’t say it’s a hate crime which will mean the Feds will not investigate. They will do everything they can to stop there being a proper investigation because the attack was on gay people and they don’t care about gay people.

    This country is fu#ked up !

  8. snowisfun says

    Hunter, it’s homos who have higher drug junky rates & you Hunter must snort the same Meth that Methew Wayne Shepard did. Hunter, most gay bashings are men reacting to crimes the gays did and gays like you often hallucinate about these hate crimes. DRUGS ARE GAY.

  9. tyler says

    Snowisfun- What are you 13? Your grammar and spelling is atrocious. If you cared about drug abuse you would be volunteering at a halfway house instead of making generalizations on a subject that is waaay over your head.

  10. snicker says

    And if you want another incredible stat … over 91% of residents in UT are white.

    That is no big deal. Utah is number 9 with least number of blacks. Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Maine, and New Hampshire in order of significance, all have fewer Blacks that Utah. With Utah having about 18,000 and the next most/least is New Hampshire with half that at 9,000.

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