This isn't a big deal, and a night owl like me definitely wouldn't care, but what in the world were the Pirates doing shooting off a full fireworks show at 12:32 a.m. Saturday?
Yeah, that really happened.
Minutes following the rain-delayed 8-3 loss to the Brewers, the skies above PNC Park were being blown up with the full repertoire from the barge on the Allegheny River. Which, given that more people than ever live in the booming Downtown core -- myself included -- brought an instant backlash on social media.
Obligatory language warning on a couple of these:
I love how it’s 12:30 AM but the Pirates still need to set off their fireworks.
— caitlin 🌹🌊 (@caitlin_2918) September 22, 2018
Yo, @Pirates fireworks at 12:30???? Come on
— Daniel Childs (@DanielBChilds) September 22, 2018
— Deanna Garcia (@TheDeannaGarcia) September 22, 2018
.@Pirates Everyone is making fun of the fact you just had fireworks. Cancel them and save money like everything else you do.
— Andy Picarro (@AndyPicarro) September 22, 2018
Pros to living on the Northside: seeing the @Pirates fireworks from your house
Cons: the @Pirates still doing their fireworks when the game ends after midnight and waking up the whole neighborhood
Super pumped about fireworks night 👌🏼😑
— Mary Spencer (@mspencepgh) September 22, 2018
You get the idea.
There can't be an exact count on how many remained from the original announced paid attendance of 19,243, but this photo from a Downtown resident right after the fireworks would indicate it was in the hundreds rather than thousands:
Quite the crowd these guys had for that great display pic.twitter.com/pZUFQylOIL
— Ongo Gablogian (@rickypaterini) September 22, 2018
Are the Pirates within their rights?
Well, a 2015 City of Pittsburgh noise ordinance makes special mention of 'sporting events,' but it doesn't distinguish between the actual event and something ancillary like postgame fireworks. In fact, the phrasing specifies only 'the noise being generated by the crowd at a sporting event' as an exemption. The official City of Pittsburgh fireworks permit, easily found online, explicitly states that fireworks are not to be shot off after 11 p.m.
Funny, but roughly an hour later, out in Los Angeles:
The Padres beat the Dodgers, and the game went so long the post-game fireworks show was cancelled in deference to the neighbors. The Dodger Stadium fans are not pleased.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 22, 2018
And for the record, the attendance at Dodger Stadium was 52,458.
More than anything, I'd just say this is the billionth example of the people running the Pirates being utterly tone-deaf, both to their surroundings and to their circumstances. All it takes in such a setting is one individual with some common sense to step up and say, 'Hey, maybe this isn't a great idea.'
Then again, maybe they became tone-deaf from all the fireworks.
Lance Lysowski has the game coverage.
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