August 11, 2020


Misfired fireworks shell damages Nissan Stadium

Misfired fireworks shell damages Nissan Stadium

A firework shell that misfired in Tuesday night’s Nashville Fourth of July celebration caused damage at Nissan Stadium.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp confirmed that the damage had taken place to the stadium and that the extent of that damage was still be assessed. Personnel from the NCVC was on hand at the site around 3 p.m. Wednesday to begin assessing the damage.

The firework shell hit on the west side of the upper deck of Nissan Stadium, causing it to blow out both concrete and some seats in the area.

“Basically, a shell misfired and caused some damage. We are waiting for a structural engineering company to come in,” said Monica Fawknotson, director of the Metro Sports Authority. “They will be on site tomorrow and assess the damage and get back to us.

“Thankfully, nobody was hurt. I don’t think this is going to interrupt any events at the stadium.”

Pyro Shows from LaFollette, Tenn., put on the fireworks show that drew an estimated 240,000 people to Music City for the Independence Day celebration. Pyro Shows will be responsible for the cost of the stadium repairs, Fawknotson confirmed.

Pyro Shows said the incident took place in the fallout zone where no people are allowed due to safety concerns.

“It took place toward the end of the show,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows, which has been doing the fireworks show in Nashville for three decades. “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. That’s why the fire code requires that we keep the crowd a certain area away from it. We know out of every 1,000 shells not all of them are going to work right.”

The Titans are scheduled to play their first home preseason game on Aug. 19 against the Carolina Panthers.

There are two soccer dates scheduled before the Titans take the field again at Nissan Stadium. Gold Cup matches are scheduled for this Saturday, July 8, including a game pitting the United States vs. Panama. Also, on July 29, the stadium is being used for a game between Tottenham and Manchester City.

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