MLB apologizes for early morning fireworks; free Twins tickets coming to those affected

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City officials were caught off guard by the early morning fireworks show.
:::: UPDATE :::: Patrick Reusse blasts Jacob Frey for making big deal out of loud fireworks show [VIDEO]

When we called him yesterday morning, Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey was clearly pissed off about a 12:30 a.m. fireworks show that was part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

Frey's indignation was understandable. After all, as the Downtown Journal reported last month, residents living in the vicinity of Mill Ruins Park were told to expect nothing more than a 10-minute "pyrotechnic/water show" beginning at 11:45 p.m. Monday night. Furthermore, Frey tells us loud booms weren't supposed to be part of the show. But not only did the MLB get things going more than a half-hour late, the fireworks were so loud that they had some folks in far-away neighborhoods waking up and wondering if they were hearing gunshots.

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Here's what Frey, whose ward included Mill Ruins Park, said about the fireworks show on Twitter: But Frey later stepped back from that second tweet: When we spoke with Frey yesterday morning, he said he was working on getting an apology from the MLB. Hours later, his mission was accomplished: We contacted the mayor's office for more. They sent us this statement from the MLB:
When planning for this once-in-a-lifetime event, we had numerous meetings about the All-Star Gala with the Twins and Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board to create a memorable event that would be a showcase for the City of Minneapolis while being respectful to residents. While the entities agreed to conduct a light fireworks display at midnight, the show that the fireworks vendor executed was louder and longer than what we were expecting. Major League Baseball and the Twins apologize to area residents for any inconvenience.
Mayor Betsy Hodges responded with this statement of her own:
Last night's fireworks show was bigger, louder and more disruptive than anyone expected. We're looking at ways to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. We appreciate the apology from MLB and the Twins, and we look forward to a great event tonight.
Toward the end of the workday, we got in touch with Frey again. He told us many of the permitting decisions about the fireworks show were apparently made either without his involvement or before he took office, which explains some of his confusion on Twitter.

"What was agreed to and what the Downtown Journal had them saying was totally different from what happened," Frey says. "Most of the coordination was through the Parks Board, since the party was on Parks Board property, but in speaking with officials from the Parks Board, they didn't approve it."

Asked who will receive the free Twins tickets he promised, Frey says that remains to be seen.

"I wish I could give tickets to the whole city," Frey says. "What I'm thinking is, give 'em out to the neighborhood associations in surrounding areas, but I need to figure out how many tickets we have."

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amfcompany
amfcompany

I live in Loring Park and it was horrible.  The thunderclap of the fireworks explosion knocked me out of bed, the earth shook, pictures fell off of the walls, and a priceless antique of some sort fell off of a shelf somewhere and broke or something.  I might have trauma.

Rick White
Rick White

This reminds me of people in uptown complaining that the bars are too loud. Why would you move there in the first place!?

Rachael Albertson
Rachael Albertson

If people call 911 because of fireworks they need to get out of their little corner of their plush world more often!

Rachael Albertson
Rachael Albertson

Lame...I wonder how much money the event brought into this dude's "ward." Do they get something free when there is a thunderstorm in the middle of the night!!!!?????

hongpong
hongpong

Billionaire spectacles operated in a lawless fashion, what else is new? We need to struggle against all the problems including public debt & illegal stadium construction spending, as well as lesser episodes typical of the syndrome like this one.

Jon Eisenberg
Jon Eisenberg

Why would a city council member be involved in issuing permits for fireworks anyway?

Georgia A Smith
Georgia A Smith

I'd like a pair of Twins tickets please- SE Como neighborhood and right across the river from Mills park - Stone Arch Bridge. They were loud,

Jamie Gaetz
Jamie Gaetz

I live less than 2 miles from the where they shot them off...never heard a sound even sleeping in a top floor bedroom. It wasn't THAT bad all the way over south mpls...come on! I feeling like a lot of people are being very dramatic about this. It was the GD All-Star Game! Once in a generation type event...if you can't deal with late night fireworks once in a generation you have bigger problems than the fireworks.

Marc Holley
Marc Holley

Ha so this is what they're resorting to in order to boost ticket sales?

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

OMG. It was one night. Freaking deal with it.

Matt Schiefelbein
Matt Schiefelbein

Not the end of the world... woke up my new puppy and he couldn't go back to bed... not a wink of sleep before I had to go to work... does that get me free tickets?? haha.

Gary Welsh
Gary Welsh

This sounds like a worse idea than Disco Demolition night at Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1976. This could go South in a hurry!

Zach Mattes
Zach Mattes

I'm still waiting on an official statement regarding the bullshit scalping fiasco that happened with the concert.

Mallory Leah
Mallory Leah

I literally live a block away, woke up to it and enjoyed the hell out of the show! I mean.... It's not like something will happen like that again for another 29 years or so. I think some people just need something to complain about. How about we enjoy the fact that having the ASG here just made Mpls $$!

Gibb Andrew
Gibb Andrew

I live right by electric fetus and woke up right at 12:30 looked out windrow and watched the grand finale! Wasn't too thrilled but at least I got to see the fireworks.

Vanessa Grausam
Vanessa Grausam

Moral of the story? Just whine and complain and you will get free twins tickets \U0001f612

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

God, I hope I don't end up at this game, surrounded by a bunch of whiny ass people. Could you imagine? "My seat sucks. This hotdog doesn't have enough relish. The toilet paper in the bathroom is too scratchy. The woman playing the organ is playing too loud. Blah blah blah." Seriously folks, get over it. If this is the worst thing that's happened to you lately then you should probably go get some fireworks of your own and celebrate because you got it pretty good. STFU already about it- people like you are going to prevent awesome things from happening here in the future because of your complaining. Have fun when the Superbowl comes, the ASG will seem like a day in the ballpark (literally) compared to when that shit show comes to town... Enjoy the fact that you live somewhere deemed special enough to host these events and live it! Be glad for the revenue and publicity the entire TC area will get from being the host city. GTFOI!

Elliot Engebretson
Elliot Engebretson

To those who were "affected"? Are you bleeping kidding me?! You live in the Twin Cities and there is an event that only comes around once every 25+ years. You are not entitled to anything, nor should the Twins feel the need to do so. In fact, it's probably time that you move to the suburbs.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Can I pretend I wasn't out until 4AM drinking and feign the same indignation over some harmless fireworks?

Jeff Lawrence
Jeff Lawrence

I live in Cottage Grove, plenty of homes for sale in quiet neighborhoods... Of course if you moved then you'd have to find something new to bitch about

Chris St.Germain
Chris St.Germain

Well, free tickets means they'll sell some hot dogs... good for them I guess. Win/win.

Jason Streitz
Jason Streitz

Well I'm in South Mpls and they woke me up. I don't expect anything though. Not a big deal really.

Sarah Houser
Sarah Houser

Those little shits should be happy it wasn't gunfire keeping them up. Fucking pussies.

Shawn Sheely
Shawn Sheely

It wasn't just downtown, they shook our house, woke us and the all neighborhood dogs - and we're all the way down at 40th South. I think the City made a mistake allowing this so late, hopefully they won't do it again. For those who say get over it, your brand of noise is even worse. STFU.

Jennifer Zoubek
Jennifer Zoubek

Yep. Here is City Pages, fueling racism yet AGAIN for NO REASON. GO FUCK YOURSELF, CP.

Stuart Raymond
Stuart Raymond

Free tickets to a baseball game. So you can catch up on the sleep you lost! Hi-OOOOOO!

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

LOL!  What a bunch of babies.  I would hate to see how these idiots react to late-night thunderstorms.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Not to mention Mpls has a VERY strict municipal noise ordinance that they use to shut down gatherings after 10pm all the time. This is why you will never see an outdoor concert in MPLS go past 10pm. And I have never seen them bend the rules on that for other gatherings. So that would be incredibly shady for them to let it slide this time.

Barkingshins
Barkingshins

Yeah, they're fireworks.  They're loud... and awesome.  Get over yourself.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Can you get some documentation on the made us money thing. (Something from a second party, not MLB.) When its all said and done I think we're all going to find that it cost us money.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Or maybe do what you say your going to do and you won't have to give out free tickets.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

They misrepresented what they planned, (Its seems to be a big problem getting the truth from these folks) I am sure you don't complain when someone tells you one thing and then does something entirely different, but some folks value honesty. 


As for the Super Bowl you can take that boondoggle and put it where the sun don't shine. 


Those of us who end up paying for these things don't really like them all that much.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Once in a 1000 years is one too many.

amfcompany
amfcompany

My thoughts exactly, Ross!  I'm willing to be an annoyed citizen if it'll get me to Target Field for free.  :)

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

No, we're used to the gun fire. Dodging bullets is all we do here in the city, didn't you know that?

Barkingshins
Barkingshins

Hey delicate flower, the city has already admitted that they made a mistake and apologized for it.  Time to move on.

St.G
St.G

Where? I can't find it.

amfcompany
amfcompany

@Barkingshins I can deal with the fireworks.  Thing is, I can also deal with free Twins tickets.  ;)  

Barkingshins
Barkingshins

@henk.tobias0  Oh, get over yourself.  You live in a high population-density area, as do I.  We all get woken up in the middle of the night every once and awhile.  Just go back to sleep!  Or... if you weren't such a joyless turd, you could have thrown on some clothes and went down to the river to, you know, ENJOY the fireworks.

My advice: move to Anoka so that those of us who actually enjoy living in the city can have a little fun every so often.

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