No, this is not a case involving an unconstitutional crackdown on a gay bar. Two fire-breathing bartenders — Tegee Rogers, 33, and Justin Fedorchak, 39, — are the center of an interesting legal fight. The two men face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, Virginia.
The bartenders are popular attractions as they juggle bottles of alcohol and spit streams of flames. The act has been going on for over a decade, but the police arrested the men and charged them with three felonies and some misdemeanors, including manufacturing an explosive device, setting a fire capable of spreading, and burning or destroying a meeting house.
The manufacturing of an explosive device is the interesting one since they use their mouths. Once again, like the recent bust of the dry ice man, the charges appear a bit excessive. I can well understand the need to shutdown the act and even cite the bar for the violations. However, 45 years in prison?
The owner says that he never received any prior warning, has used the fire-breathing act as part of his formal advertising for years, and has arranged for the act at events for retiring firefighters. He questions why he can serve flaming desserts but not flaming bartenders.
Source: Washington Examiner