Tinder Box
Season 1
Number 22
Writer Corey Miller
Director Deran Serafian
Original Airdate May 5, 2003
Previous Episode: Spring Break
Next Episode: Freaks and Tweaks

Tinder Box is the twenty-second episode in Season One of CSI: Miami.


Speedle and Delko are present when a trendy nightclub catches fire, apparently from a DJ's pyrotechnics display, killing 16 people and injuring dozens of others. But the ensuing investigation reveals it may have been arson to cover up a murder. Also, Horatio probes the death of a prostitute who is found dead in a judge's bathroom in his home.


The episode begins with Speed and Delko going into a nightclub where the latter meets a young woman, Connie Wilkes, and they connect. However after DJ Scorpius activates some fireworks a raging fire engulfs the club, several people are killed either by the smoke or in a stampede with the two CSIs barely escaping (Connie later dies in the hospital). In the later investigation a murdered bartender is discovered; this and blood on Speed own shirt leads to a surprising culprit: Danny Maxwell.

Danny is a friend of Eric and bouncer of the club, however Danny's family are from Firemen, obssessed into becoming one after three rejections he plotted to become a hero by saving everyone from the fire only for it to get out of control. During the case Horatio is called to investigate the death of a prostitute in a judge's house, she's is quickly revealed to be another victim of the fire and that the club owner, Quantin Haid, is running a prostitution ring. Horatio indicts the owner for both that and the fire, after evidence proves he had illegally replaced his roof insulation with a inflammable variant. The episode ends with Horatio convincing the club's fire investigator, Ronny Jameson, not to quit his job because of his guilt while Eric donates blood in Connie's name.


Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Rex Linn as Frank Tripp
  • Michael Whaley as Detective Bernstein
  • Ben Browder as Danny Maxwell
  • Richard Edson as Quentin Haid
  • John F. O'Donohue as Ronnie Jameson
  • Robert Beltran as Judge Ojeda
  • William Lee Scott as DJ Scorpius
  • Lisa Gerber as Veronica
  • Jaclyn Gutierrez as Connie Wilkes
  • Richard Romero as Pablo Griffith
  • Heather Salmon as Blood Bank Nurse
  • Craig Kvinsland as Johnny Brosnan
  • Bill Doyle as Insurance Appraiser
  • Ike Ogut as Mark Ranger
  • Natalia Cigliuti as Toni, Blood Analyst
  • Geneviere Anderson as Jill Susan


  • This episode was not aired in the Rhode Island CBS affiliate WPRI TV 12, due to the similarities to a real-life tragedy which occurred at a local nightclub called The Station.
  • Ben Browder guest stars playing Danny Maxwell (the club's bouncer). He also appeared as main characters in the television shows Farscape and Stargate SG-1.
  • Robert Beltran guest stars as Judge Odeja. He was a series regular in Star Trek: Voyager, portraying Commander Chakotay.

See Also[]

CSI:Miami Season 1
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