Fireworks misfire damages home of the Tennessee Titans

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A fireworks mishap left seats and structural damage to the home of the Tennesse Titans this Fourth of July.

Nissan Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, was damaged late Tuesday night after a fireworks show accident that left the Nashville complex with yet-to-be-determined repairs.

The damage appears to have occurred in the upper deck area where it looks to have affected more than four rows of seats and the cement walkway.

According to the Titan Insider, who spoke with The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, the extent of the damage has yet to be determined.

“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 to the Titan Insider. “They will be on site tomorrow and assess the damage and get back to us.”

The fireworks show was hosted by Pyro Shows, and according to Fawknotson, they will be required to pay for any repairs to the stadium.

“It took place toward the end of the show,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows. “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.”

There were no people injured in the incident and repairs are not expected to affect any events at the stadium.

“It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen,” Hill said. “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.”

In 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was injured in a fireworks accident that left his hand severely damaged. So far no NFL players have been reported injured from fireworks this year.

The Titans are not scheduled to play their first home game until Aug. 19, where they will face the Carolina Panthers in a preseason showdown. The next event scheduled for Nissan Stadium is the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B Doubleheader on July 8.

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