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Braves Home Opener Makes News for Burning American Flag

Pyrotechnics that caught the American flag on fire at the Atlanta Braves' Tuesday home opener have been shared across the country via social media.

Turner Field in Atlanta. File|Patch
Turner Field in Atlanta. File|Patch

The Atlanta Braves are making news across the country for their Tuesday home opener at Turner Field against the New York Mets.

Not for the game itself, but for a mishap with pyrotechnics at the game, which caught the American flag on fire. Photos of the blazing banner have been shared nationwide on Facebook and Twitter.

Braves spokesperson Beth Marshall told 11Alive News it happened because of new pyrotechnics. For the first time, they put pyrotechnics on Braves Vision (that's the large HD screen). One of the pyrotechnics flew at the flag and lit it on fire. Marshall said the material of the flag is flame retardant, so it went out on its own.

RFZZZZZ April 10, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Some days no matter what one tries, things don't always go the way one had planned. Just ask the Archbishop.
Allah Tabul April 10, 2014 at 07:41 AM
'flame retardant'? Some stupid liberal will probably try to change that to 'flame handicapped'.
wmsmom April 13, 2014 at 09:15 PM
No, the name doesn't need to change when it's used in the proper context. Your thoughts are handicapped though, if that helps?

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