Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Warning on Pyrotechnics

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Warning on Pyrotechnics

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter

AN eight-year-old Boro fan suffered an asthma attack at the Riverside Stadium after a pyrotechnic was set off.

Now Boro have sent a reminder to fans not to bring any kind of pyrotechnic - usually flares - to the ground following a series of incidents which they say could put lives at risk.

An eight-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation and suffered an asthma attack after a flare was set off at the final home league match of last season, against Brighton.

In a statement the club said: "Last season there were several incidents involving pyrotechnics - usually flares - that caused serious health and safety issues and resulted in one eight-year-old fan suffering an asthma attack. "In another incident, a homemade device hit the roof of a stand and had the potential to cause serious injury or even death".

The offenders have been issued with football banning orders, and one has been excluded from the Riverside Stadium for five years. …

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