Cypriot police find pyrotechnics hidden in stadium pre-match

February 19 – Police in the Cypriot city of Larnaca seized a large number of fireworks and pyrotechnics before the start of the local league match between AEK Larnaca and Anorthosis on Saturday.

The local authorities announced that they are investigating a case of illegal possession and transport of smoke generators and pyrotechnics at the AEK Arena.

The fireworks were found hidden in the stadium facilities during an inspection before Saturday’s game between AEK and Anorthosis.
The police identified and confiscated 15 smoke bombs, 10 fireworks and 3 flares, which will be subjected to further tests.

“The Police are investigating a case of illegal possession and transportation of smoke generators and pyrotechnics at the AEK Arena football stadium in Larnaca, where they were found hidden, during the investigations carried out by members of the Police last night, before the start of the football match between the AEK teams Larnaca and Anorthosis Famagusta,” said a police statement.

“The football match at the AEK Arena stadium was held from 7.00 to 9.00 on Saturday night. As part of a policing operation for the safe conduct of the match, before its start, members of the Police carried out a check on the stadium facilities. During the inspection, they found 15 smoke detectors, ten (10) fireworks and three (3) flares in a common area.

Despite the police finds, fans at the AEK Arena stadium still managed to light a large number of pyrotechnics and smoke torches.

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