Minor League Team Has A Firework Fail When It Accidentally Shoots Into Crowd
When staff said "Let's go out with a bang," this is not what they meant.
Last Saturday night, a minor league baseball team’s fireworks show went terribly wrong when they were accidentally fired into the crowd.
The incident occurred in Madison Alabama at Toyota Field, home of The Rocket City Trash Pandas — the Los Angeles Angels affiliate team. They had just taken a 3-5 loss to the Tennessee Smokies and were ready to begin their "Fireworks Spectacular." Needless to say, the show was not spectacular.
Videos were posted to Twitter showing the fireworks accident from multiple angles. As the fireworks shoot into the berm area, fans begin screaming and running away.
The Trash Pandas released a statement following the incident, saying that luckily no one was injured: "On Friday night during the Trash Pandas postgame fireworks show, one firework unexpectedly ignited, causing it to veer off course. No fans were harmed, and the fireworks vendor adamantly expressed that this has never happened before in over 40 years of their experience. Every Toyota Field fireworks show is always supervised by the Madison Fire and Rescue Departments. All parties are taking extreme precautions to ensure that this does not happen again."
The team released an additional statement from Pyro Shows of Alabama, explaining the specific firework malfunction, "After considerable investigation into the fireworks incident last night, we discovered that a particular product had been incorrectly inserted and secured into its holder. During our continuing look at our procedures regarding the device, the supporting equipment, and the technicians that use it, we are eliminating it from the show until that device and supporting procedures have been fully updated to assure providing safe shows for our customers."
In the end, no one was hurt, and the team and company have learned a safety lesson.