1 a.m. Phillies fireworks surprise and confuse

July 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, July 15 (UPI) -- The 1 a.m. Philadelphia Phillies fireworks caused confusion in the city, with some wondering if the display was a celebration of George Zimmerman's verdict.

The Xfinity Fireworks Show, which was delayed until 1 a.m. Sunday when weather delayed a Friday game until the following day, causing the Phillies to play a double-header Saturday with a total six extra innings and further time added for a rain delay, had some Philadelphia residents complaining about the noise and others being confused about the occasion, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday.

"The kids were excited but never got to see them, because it was so late they went to bed. We were sleeping and it woke me up," local mother and Phillies fan Nicole Cassello, 38, said.

Some were confused about the cause of the fireworks, with some Twitter users speculating they were related to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin.

"People were afraid a guilty verdict would have resulted in riots. Thank god #Zimmerman's verdict only resulted in white pride fireworks," tweeted Sana Saeed, a senior editor at Islawmix, a project of Harvard Law's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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