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Why there were fireworks in Minneapolis at 12:30 a.m.

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A Minneapolis fireworks show spurred mass confusion and some harsh commentary around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

As it turns out, the MLB hosted a 5,000 person VIP gala at Mill City Museum after the Home Run Derby on Monday night, a fireworks show to follow. Aloe Blacc played an hour-long concert at the event and the fireworks and water show near the Stone Arch Bridge was scheduled to begin at 11:45 p.m., however, the fireworks went off about 45 minutes behind schedule.

WHAT THE PEOPLE HAD TO SAY

Twitter erupted with a fireworks show of its own over the event, here's what a few of them had to say:

@PatGarofalo Minneapolis residents, instead of being upset about LateNight fireworks, you should question $200 million your city is blowing on streetcars

@justplainbob Minneapolis: the city where the bars can be open until 4 AM, but the fireworks must be finished by 10 PM.

@webster North Minneapolis would have appreciated a heads-up about a mega 12:30am fireworks display. Enjoy those 911 calls!

@carljaeger For those of us who wake up at 12:30 a.m. everyday, early morning fireworks are actually quite enjoyable. #boom #ASG2014

@billhelm I bet your city isn't setting off fireworks in the middle of the night! #bragMPLS

@vruno Don't worry Minneapolis tweeps, guided missiles sound nothing like fireworks. You are not under attack at 12:30 AM. #ASG

@ryanriebe .@mlb do we get free @AllStarGame tickets in exchange for being awoken at an ungodly hour by your fireworks? Sincerely, Minneapolis.

MLB STATEMENT

"When planning for this once-in-a-lifetime event, we had numerous meetings about the All-Star Gala with the Twins and Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board to create a memorable event that would be a showcase for the City of Minneapolis while being respectful to residents. While the entities agreed to conduct a light fireworks display at midnight, the show that the fireworks vendor executed was louder and longer than what we were expecting. Major League Baseball and the Twins apologize to area residents for any inconvenience."

SORRY, WE'LL GIVE YOU TICKETS

According to Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey, a representative of Ward 3, after the MLB issued an apology for going outside of the agreed fireworks parameters, he asked that impacted residents receive free Twins tickets, and the league and the club complied.


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