Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron speaks during a ceremony honoring the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Fans stand in the outfield holding up a sign for each of his 715 home runs. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Braves accidentally set American flag on fire during home opener (Photo)

See that beautiful American flag flying high over Turner Field next to the Atlanta Braves logo above the center field scoreboard? Well it had a rough night when it actually caught on fire during the Braves’ home opener.

This was a result of a pyrotechnics mishap according to a team spokesman who spoke with 11Alive News.

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.

Good luck getting Major League Baseball’s Opening Day to become a national holiday now… thanks Atlanta.

[h/t] Deadspin

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