Why did Pirates shoot fireworks at 12:32 a.m.?


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Fireworks over PNC Park at 12:32 a.m. Saturday, captured from Mount Washington. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

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:

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:

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:

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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