(Photo of TV by Nationals Enquirer Staff. Timing is everything. On July 5, 2009, the Nats pyrotechnics crew prematurely shot off celebratory fireworks after a foul ball on a 3-2 pitch with 2 outs in the 9th with the Nats leading the Braves 5-3. Then Mike MacDougal nearly blew the game. Give 'em a break; they were out of practice.)
Good news: the Nationals were planning to test the fireworks system at Nats Park earlier this evening. Via WTOP.com:
The Nationals will be testing its fireworks system to determine the best location for the Friday night fireworks.
The test will start at 7 p.m. at Nats Park on South Capitol Street in Southeast.
It's expected to last about seven minutes.
Given several instances of Fireworks Fail at Nationals Park in 2009, for example: the post-fireworks debris falling on the DC Fire Chief on June 7th, and the premature fireworks celebration on July 5th, the Nationals can probably use all the practice they can get when it comes to pyrotechnics.
At this hour, we haven't heard any reports of Nationals Park burning down, or buildings in Southeast spontaneously catching fire, so we're going to chalk up tonight's test as a success.