Braves’ scoreboard fireworks, flag go up in smoke

This happened at the Braves’ home opener. (AP Photo/


The Atlanta Braves would like everyone to know that the American flag did not actually go up in flames when a fireworks display caused a pyrotechnic nightmare at the team’s home opener Tuesday.

The flag, according to a team spokesman, was made of fire-retardant material, so only holes were burned in it in spite of the fantastic image that would seem to indicate otherwise. It was replaced after the game.

The team pledges that there won’t be a reprise of the sort of sight that inspired Francis Scott Key. They’ll be moving the fireworks display.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · April 10, 2014