Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Every week of the NFL season you witness something that you’ve never seen before and that was certainly the case in St. Louis. In what seemed like a home game for the Steelers with so many of their fans in attendance; the Steelers-Rams game was delayed for about 30 minutes due to a fire on the turf of the Edward Jones Dome.
During pregame introductions a pyrotechnics mishap caused part of the the turf to catch on fire as you can see from the lower right portion of the below video:
Stadium officials then spent time not only putting out the fire but also cleaning and basically re-sodding the turf:
Afterwards the Rams released a statement regarding the fire and the ensuing delay:
“During today’s pregame player introductions there was a pyrotechnic cart malfunction that resulted in the turf catching fire briefly. The fire was quickly extinguished by field staff. Out of an abundance of caution for player safety, the game was delayed to clean any residue from the turf. NFL officials were involved from the onset to monitor the cleanup process and approve the game to begin when it was deemed safe.”
The fire was just one of many notable events from this game. Ben Roethlisberger left the game on a cart after an apparent knee injury. He was replaced by Michael Vick who had an Eagles reunion with Nick Foles of the Rams. Also, running back Le’Veon Bell (132 total yards, 1 touchdown) made his season debut after serving a two-game suspension and Todd Gurley (6 carries for 9 yards) made his NFL debut after recovering from a knee injury.