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Soccer Team's Postgame Fireworks Canceled Due To Plague

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If you were hoping to catch some fireworks after Saturday night’s Montreal Impact-Colorado Rapids soccer match, bad news: It’s off because of the damn plague.

On Thursday, the Tri-County Health Department announced the discovery of evidence of sylvatic plague (meaning, animal-borne) in prairie dogs in the Denver suburb of Commerce City. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is closed down, and the Rapids will also close a few other areas, per a news release:

However, it has been recommended that the post-game fireworks display be cancelled due to the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies in the surrounding areas.

Additionally, in accordance with the Tri-County Health Department’s recommendation for the safety of all attendees, parking lots at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park will be restricted to asphalt lots until further notice.

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Stay far away from prairie dogs—and MLS matches, just to be extra cautious.

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