Pyrotechnics - (Flares, Smoke Bombs and Fireworks)
In February 2011 the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) issued guidance to clubs on the safe handling and storage of flares and pyrotechnic devices. Since then the number of devices discharged at football grounds has increased and the range has diversified, including smoke bombs and thunderflashes as well as flares.
It is important that staff are trained and equipped to deal safely with any pyrotechnics brought into the ground, and that spectators are also made aware of the dangers associated with discharging such devices and the potential legal consequences for them should they do so.
Following discussions with the Football Association, Football League and Premier League, we have updated our guidance to include the wider range of pyrotechnic devices.