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One day after Chief Dennis Rubin halted fireworks displays at Nats games after paper bits fell on him, the D.C. Fire Department has declared the problem has been fixed. Its press release states:
“The District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department met with the Washington Nationals to identify additional measures to ensure spectator safety during pyrotechnic activities at Nationals Park. These new measures will be put in place to serve as an additional layer of protection to reduce debris when fireworks are used during the National Anthem, when the team takes the field, and during the Nationals’ homeruns and victories. Normal pyrotechnic activities will resume for the next home game.”
More details after the jump.
The District now moves at super-sonic speed to fix major safety problems. Or the fireworks problem wasn’t much of a problem at all. Alan Etter, the spokesperson from the fire department, says the angle in which the devices were being deployed had to be changed so the fallout would end up outside the stadium. “They did tell me that the product itself is being revised so that there’s less debris that is subject to fall on people,” Etter says. But adds: “None of this stuff is on fire.”
What if it’s windy? “That will be something the experts … will consider,” Etter says. “The wind is the huge determination.”
What fell on Rubin? Paper debris—-the wadding. “There was no fire, no fire that landed on anybody,” Etter says.
The new precautions were ironed out during a meeting held today between the Nationals and the Fire Department. Etter says Rubin was in attendance.
Etter says he does not know why Rubin had overruled the department’s fire inspector at Nationals Park yesterday.