Shocking moment fireworks show at LA Angels minor league baseball game goes spectacularly wrong as pyrotechnics are launched directly into the fleeing crowd
- The Rocket City Trash Pandas, the affiliate team of the Los Angeles Angels, put on a fireworks display after a 4-1 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Friday night.
- The incident took place at Toyota Field in Madison, Alabama, home of the team
- No fans were injured, but a stadium employee suffered a ‘minor leg injury’
- Images on social media show firecrackers hitting different sections of fans
A fireworks display at a minor league baseball game affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels went spectacularly wrong Friday night, as footage showed the pyrotechnics being launched directly into the fleeing crowd.
Frenzied fans watching the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the Madison, Ala.-based affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, were stunned when fireworks began going off in their direction after the game.
Professional fireworks service Pyro Shows of Alabama, the company contracted for the night, said it “discovered that a particular product had been improperly inserted and secured in its holder.”
Clips from Friday night’s game show fans fleeing grassy benches as sparks and spray shoot towards them amid the chaos.
The Pandas had beaten the Tennessee Smokies 4-1 before the frenzy broke out.
“No fans were harmed, and the fireworks vendor was adamant that this had never happened before in over 40 years of experience,” the Trash Pandas said in a statement.
One person, however, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement shared with Al.com by Madison Fire and Rescue Chief David Bailey.
Bailey described the injury as a “minor leg injury,” adding that the injured person was a stadium employee working in the parking lot.
Fireworks at Toyota Field, home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, were mistakenly set off when props were thrown directly into the crowd after the team’s win by 4-1 over the Tennessee Smokies.
The Trash Pandas later released a statement saying no fans were hurt, but a stadium employee was hit in the leg in a parking lot.
“Madison Fire & Rescue responded to a paramedic unit and an engine company, but no patient care was required,” Bailey said in the statement.
The fireworks show began right after the Trash Pandas’ victory and behind center field at Toyota Field, home of the minor league team.
One of the misdirected cookies went out the right field corner into a crowd of families with children.
Spectators were also filmed by others running from the fireworks in one section of the field. A fan can be heard shouting excitedly: “I was the one who recorded this! Look at this kid!’ as another bottle rocket takes off in his direction.
Another person said: “Oh my God” as he witnessed the incident from another angle.
Fans sitting on a mound next to the stands panicked and ran for their lives after a bottle rocket came very close to them.
Fireworks service Pyro Shows of Alabama, hired by Trash Pandas for Friday’s event, later said in a statement that it is “removing [the device] from the show to this device and support procedures have been completely updated to ensure they provide safe shows for our customers.
The Trash Pandas later said that fireworks at the site “are always supervised by the Madison Fire and Rescue Departments.”
“All parties are taking extreme precautions to ensure this does not happen again.”
Pyro Shows of Alabama, the fireworks service contracted for the occasion, added that it is “removing” the device from future shows until it has been “fully upgraded to ensure it provides safe shows for our customers.”
The Trash Pandas have regularly held fireworks all season, making it a tradition to display them after every Friday home game.
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