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San Bruno Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Fireworks Incident at Ballpark

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A San Bruno resident who allegedly threw fireworks from the bleachers at a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park Wednesday night pleaded not guilty today to felony charges, according to prosecutors. Paola Alessio Pavone, 21, was arraigned today in San Francisco Superior Court today on one charge of felony possession of a destructive device in a public place, one charge of felony possession of combustible material and one misdemeanor charge of discharging dangerous fireworks, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to return to court on April 25 to set a preliminary hearing date. Pavone was arrested Wednesday after fireworks were thrown into the Coors Light bar area behind the bleacher around 9:30 p.m., during a period between innings, according to police. Officers at the game heard a loud explosion and saw smoke coming from the area, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Multiple people reported pain, dizziness and temporary loss of hearing, but no one was seriously injured in the explosion, Shyy said. All of the victims were treated at the stadium. Pavone was arrested after police learned a suspect was seen standing up in Section 142 of the bleachers and throwing something back toward the bar area, Shyy said. The incident did not delay the game, and the Giants went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.

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