For decades, the San Diego State University homecoming game has been synonymous with the sheer spectacular that is the Sky Show pyrotechnic display. Set to music, fireworks are set off in a dazzling display designed to wow the audience. This year, however, a mishap with the fireworks sent one of the rockets sideways – directly into the audience – hitting an 11-year-old attendee.
“It looked like it malfunctioned because there were three that went off at the same time and two of them went up and one went sideways towards the stands, so it looked weird,” said witness Jonathan Marshall.
The young man was treated by medical personnel at the scene and his parents were told to follow up with their family doctor. He is said to have suffered first and second degree burns on his forearm and torso and is expected to make a full recovery. There is no doubt, however, that this event will replay in his mind and his parent’s minds for a long time to come.
Pyro-Spectaculars, the 90-year-old company that put on the show has many notable pyrotechnic shows under its belt, including the Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular in New York, the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece, and numerous Super Bowl Shows. Unfortunately, they are also said to have endured a few mishaps:1996 – An employee died when the company’s manufacturing plant exploded 2002 – Two technicians injured when a firework exploded at eye-level 2003 – A fireworks stand slipped during an Oakland A’s game sending fireworks into the second and third levels 2008 – Cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when an employee was injured while working with fireworks in a sealed room 2010 – Four spectators injured when a firework ricocheted off a building and into the crowd
Even with the accidents that happen at public firework displays, the