CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A local high school baseball field was left scorched and blackened after an accidental explosion. Now, players and parents are wondering what this means for their upcoming season.
"[It’s] a totally scorched high school baseball field. they're not even sure it will be ready for opening week,” said Rosie Perez, the mother of two Rocky River High School baseball players.
Mint Hill police told FOX 46 that a man and his son were lighting model rockets over the weekend when one accidentally exploded, catching the field behind third base on fire.
"Not just patches, the entire thing was scorched. It was incredible, I've never seen anything like that,” she said.
Rocky River High School in Mint Hill. Rosie Perez says her boys were supposed to start baseball practice on Monday.
"I honestly couldn't believe it,” she said.
The team is now left trying to figure out how to get ready for the season with only half a field.
"You got your first weeks of work out and then tryouts, so yeah we've been definitely set back."
Charlotte Mecklenburg school officials are working on getting the field back to normal, but they aren't sure if it will be ready before official games start a month from now.
"We are just truly hoping that they are doing what they can and if they need the extra hands, need the extra help that we as parents can gather that help and speed up the process,” said Perez.
Some kids were practicing earlier today on the field. The players told FOX 46 that their coach told them to bring their gear on Wednesday and they would find a way around it to not fall behind on practices.