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WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS AT THE ALAMODOME
Published November 7, 1994
The Spurs' season-opener "turned wet and wild when a high pressure water cannon in the Alamodome erupted during the indoor fireworks show, unleashing a torrent that soaked hundreds of fans and delayed the game by 50 minutes." Red Cross officials reported treating 31 fans who were injured during the accident. Mike Abington, Director of the Alamodome, "blamed the pyrotechnics for the disaster" that lasted about 4 minutes. "The cannon gushed about 2,500 to 2,900 gallons per minute," drenching some of the lower sections. Abington said the fireworks should not have set off the cannon, as Spurs officials met with fire personnel earlier in the day and "arranged to cap the smoke and fire detectors in the roof." Most of the fans decided to stay for the game, with only about 150 people asking for ticket refunds (SAN ANTONIO NEWS EXPRESS, 11/7). CNN's Fred Hickman said Friday's MCI Proof Positive Play of the Day goes to the Spurs' "Marketing and Promotions guy down in San Antonio, who is sitting in a room tonight trying to think up an explanation to give his boss as to why those indoor fireworks" were necessary ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/4).