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Football stadiums warned about pyrotechnic usage

5th December 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Health and safety concerns have been raised after a drastic increase in the number of football fans smuggling flares, smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics into football matches.

Only eight pyrotechnic incidents were recorded during the 2010/11 season. The next season that figure leapt up to 72 incidents, followed by 172 during 2012/13.

Currently, the figure stands at 96 incidents for the first three months of the 2013/14 season, so action clearly needs to be taken.

A government campaign aims to tackle this trend by using sniffer dogs, amnesty bins, improved CCTV and an advertising campaign that will include posters and warning signs.

Potentially, football fans could be subjected to body searches if it is thought that they are carrying fireworks.

Damian Green, the policing minister, said: “Flares are very dangerous and can cause severe injuries. We are very lucky that no one has been seriously injured or killed by a flare here for a long time.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801669039-ADNFCR


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