Dramatic images show on-field blaze before Titans-Colts kickoff

Pyrotechnical equipment was reportedly to blame for the sideline fire at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Image: A fire from a pyrotechnics machine burns on the field before a football game against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium on Tenn. on Sept. 15, 2019.
A fire from a pyrotechnics machine burns on the field before a football game against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium on Tenn. on Sept. 15, 2019.James Kenney / AP

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By Tim Stelloh

A fire erupted on the field at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Sunday, just as the Tennessee Titans were preparing to kick off their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

A fire from a pyrotechnics machine is extinguished before a football game against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium in Tenn. on Sept. 15, 2019.Wade Payne / AP

Video taken just feet from the flames showed pyrotechnical workers trying to contain the blaze. A tower of black smoke could be seen wafting through the stadium.

The Associated Press reported that stadium staff extinguished the blaze as the National Anthem was sung.

Pyrotechnical equipment used for pregame festivities was to blame for the fire, which broke out near the 5-yard line, the AP reported.

A Titans spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.