The Columbia Fireflies baseball team opened home play in their new stadium, Spirit Communications Park, last weekend with a win over the Greenville Drive. The team celebrated with fireworks and some citizens are complaining about the noise.
"The big problem is noise," says City Councilman Howard Duvall. "The first night the length of the fireworks, the timing of the fireworks, and the noise level of the fireworks."
"My neighborhood requested 90 days before opening day for the Fireflies to not do fireworks but the city and the Fireflies never responded," says Robert Mills Neighborhood President Elizabeth Marks. "When the Fireflies were building the stadium, they never made an attempt to meet with the neighborhoods."
Duvall says the team and city are working to combat these problems. However, 35 of the Fireflies home games are set to end with a fireworks display.
"The rest of the fireworks will be on Friday and Saturday nights which will cut down on noise on school nights and work nights," says Duvall. "The city is also asking them to reconfigure the shots so they don't have the loud explosions but more visual shots."