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NFL Stadium Was Partially Blown Up By July 4 Fireworks

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An American celebration turned into a minor stadium remodel after a misfired firework detonated Tuesday in the upper deck of Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Orchestrated by Pyro Shows, the fireworks show involved thousands of pounds of explosives and 60,000 shells, making it the largest display in the country. The mishap occurred during the finale when a shell landed in the upper deck and damaged surrounding concrete and seats.

“The shells are supposed to go off in the air,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows, “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,” Hill added. “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.”

A photo was eventually released showing the damaged area. Despite no word on the extent of the damage, President and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. Butch Spyridon said that Pyro Shows will pay for repairs.

Photographer Jeff Graham was able to catch a glimpse of the Fourth of July spectacle at Nissan Stadium showing fireworks surrounding the stadium.

Metro Sports Authority director Monica Fawknotson said that the damage should not interfere with any future events. Even though the Titans do not host a game until August 19, there will be a CONCACAF Gold Cup double-header Saturday at the stadium.

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