Stars and Stripes Burns in Atlanta

by Jason Epstein

In the aftermath of their home opener on Tuesday, a 4-0 loss to the Mets, Atlanta decided to resume the Civil War:

New pyrotechnics had been affixed to Braves Vision (the big screen in center field), and an errant firework lit the AMERICAN FLAG ON FIRE during a postgame fireworks show. One fan captured the incredible image and shared it on Facebook.

Team spokeswoman Beth Marshall said the team was trying a new location for a pyrotechnic display. …

“The flag was made of flame-retardant material so it didn’t catch fire, but did burn holes.  We replaced the flag immediately following the game and we will no longer use pyrotechnics from that location,” Marshall told Channel 2 Action News.

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