A Braves spokesperson confirmed new pyrotechnics lit the flag on fire during the home opener.
ATLANTA, Ga-- The Braves are reworking their pyrotechnics after a mishap at the home opener caught an American flag on fire.
11Alive viewer Julie Paulk sent us a photo on Facebook: "Mishap at the Atlanta Braves opening day game tonight!! American Flag caught on fire!"
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.
Several fans mentioned the burned flag on Twitter.
The flag is being replaced today. The Braves will no longer put pyrotechnics on the big screen.