The average wedding in New Jersey costs $ 46,000. Central and North Jersey will cost more. South Jersey less. We are spending an incredible amount of money on what ultimately amounts to a party that lasts four or five hours.
And with all that money spent, things can still go wrong. And they got it wrong at a wedding reception in Bergen County before the pandemic started. The Venetian at Garfield was the location where a reception was held on August 19, 2019. Among the bells and whistles paid for that day was a smoke machine.
According to a lawsuit filed by Kathryn Arnone, she was a guest that day and says she was injured when a worker attempted to replace a CO2 cartridge from the smoke machine. The court record claims he broke free and shot through the room hitting the 34-year-old woman from Bridgewater, causing permanent injuries. The names in the lawsuit are The Venetian, Elite Sound Entertainment, a welding company and others who the plaintiff claims were involved in the chain of events and failed to ensure the cartridges were handled properly. .
According to the New Jersey Herald, two other people were also injured in the incident. Police responded at the time to initial reports of an explosion inside the venue and guests spilled from the location onto River Drive in chaos.
At least it was memorable.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.