Nissan Stadium, home of NFL American football franchise the Tennessee Titans, has been damaged by fireworks let off during Independence Day celebrations.
ESPN reported that a rogue shell from a nearby pyro display found its way into the 69,000-capacity stadium, before being detonated and damaging concrete seats. Nobody was injured.
Metro Sports Authority director Monica Fawknotson said: “Basically, a shell misfired and caused some damage. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.”
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation said that firework entertainment group Pyro Shows was to blame for the damage.
Pyro Shows owner Lansden Hill told TitanInsider.com: “The shells are supposed to go off in the air, but this one came back down and didn’t go off until it landed in the upper deck. It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen.”
Upcoming events are unlikely to be affected by the damage. The Titans are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers in a pre-season game on August 19.
Just yesterday, The Stadium Business reported that Uefa, football’s global governing body, is urging fans to stop using pyrotechnics in stadiums after a new independent study suggested they pose serious health and safety risks.
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