More trouble at The Dome

Smoke bombs released at Halifax club

The Dome being evacuated after smoke bombs were released. (Photo: @ebraw)

On Jan. 13 at 3:00 a.m., police were called to The Dome after several smoke bombs were released inside.

The bar was evacuated in time, allowing the smoke to dissipate.

Jillian O’Sullivan, who was at The Dome, recalls a confusing scene.

“It did smell like smoke,” she says.  “We thought it was a fire, so we immediately left.  The door was right there and it was not hard to leave.”

Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages says the matter is now closed because no one could be identified as the culprit on video camera.

Luckily, there were no injuries, but this type of recalcitrant behavior is common for The Dome.

Most weekend nights, the Halifax police closely watch The Dome nightclub.

“It’s not uncommon that there is a disturbance and assaults in that area,” says Bourdages.

In 2007, the bar lost its licence after a large brawl started inside the club and spilled onto the street.

Halifax police arrested 38 people involved in the incident, and charged one with assaulting a police officer.

The incident also served as a catalyst for Nova Scotia to set minimum drink prices for alcohol.

In 2012, shots were fired on Carmichael Street, after a group of men had a dispute in the nightclub. Nobody was hurt, but the event is another in a string of alarming incidents at the bar.

The Dome, located on Argyle Street, is owned by The Grafton Connor Group.

Locally referred to as the “liquor dome”, the nightclub remains a popular hangout for university students looking to release stress.

The night club is also attached to two other bars, Taboo Nightclub, and Cheers Bar and Grill, which are both owned by Grafton.

Though the smoke bomb incident won’t stop O’Sullivan from returning, others are reacting differently.

Caleb Power, a Saint Mary’s University student, says this is a reminder of why he won’t go to The Dome.

“I avoid that place like the plague,” he said. “It seems like something bad is always happening there.  This situation could have been worse.”

Gary Muise, vice-president of operations for The Grafton Connor Group was curt in rejecting heightened security.

“Nope, this is the first one I’ve dealt with in 20 years.”

Although The Dome remains a popular weekend destination, Bourdages says police will continue to monitor the bar.

“We do have people working The Dome every weekend; it’s for specifically the bar,” he said.

View The Dome in a larger map