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McCartney fireworks damage at BC Place called minor

12/05/2012 10:44 EST | Updated 02/04/2013 05:12 EST
A daylight examination of the roof of Vancouver’s BC Place that was scorched by fireworks at a Paul McCartney concert shows only minor damage.

As seen in a number of videos posted to YouTube, the show-stopping pyrotechnics used with the song Live and Let Die sent flaming fireworks into the air behind the stage. But they shot too high, bouncing off the stadium’s new $458-million retractable roof.

Considering the pounding the roof took at the sold-out Nov. 25 event, damage to the flame-resistant inner surface was barely visible to the naked eye when BC Place opened to curious news media Wednesday.

“What it did do was it bounced off what we call our acoustical liner,” said BC Place assistant general manager Kathy Delisser.

Delisser said the damage apparently consists of little more of than fireworks residue and nothing structural was likely affected.

'A scratch on your new car'

"It's kind of like getting a scratch on your new car. The engine still works and the car still runs fine, but you try to buff it out a little bit. If there isn't any surface damage to the panels they don't really need to be cleaned, but if we can get them cleaned it's preferable to do that."

This isn't the first time the stadium's roof has made headlines.

The old Teflon roof, held up by air pressure, was inflated in 1983. In 2007, a buildup of snow caused it to sag. Workers used too much pressure to pump it up and tore the fabric, prompting them to deflate the whole thing.

That old roof was replaced with the new, partly retractable version after the 2010 Olympics.

Technicians have not yet been able to take a close look at the small scorch marks.

Delisser said McCartney's insurance, not taxpayers, will cover whatever repair costs are incurred.

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