ATLANTA -- A bride blamed an Atlanta hotel for ruining her wedding after she and her bridesmaids were sprayed with a black, oily liquid as they got ready for the big occasion.
Shalita Harris was in the bridal suite of the Westin Hotel, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, getting dressed for her marriage ceremony, WSB-TV reported.
Video footage taken just after the incident Saturday showed the wedding party covered in black soot as they tried to get out of the room.
Six members of the wedding party were taken to the hospital suffering from breathing problems.
Harris told the TV station, "Before we got ready to leave the room, we heard a big boom. I felt like my life was going to end right then and there."
Bridesmaid Jasmine Robinson added, "How we got out is we just grabbed the blanket off of the bed, and we all hovered underneath it in a line, and we got out of the room. They went out with a bang, a big bang, not necessarily a good bang, but a big one."
The wedding ceremony went ahead as planned, but only two of the eight bridesmaids attended -- wearing dresses stained by the liquid. The others were at the hospital.
The cause of the incident was not known.