Use of pyrotechnics on rise in English football

Children as young as 8 years old have smuggled pyrotechnics into

stadiums for use by adults, according to a study by English

football authorities that shows the use of flares and smoke bombs

is on the rise.

The Premier League, Football League and The Football Association

have launched a campaign about the danger of pyrotechnics, with 86

percent of supporters surveyed saying they were concerned for their

safety at matches.

Figures show that while there were only eight incidents of

pyrotechnic use in the 2010-11 season across the English leagues

and cup competitions, the number rose to 172 in the 2012-13 season.

There were 96 incidents between August and October this season.

During a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham

on Oct. 20, a linesman was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown

from the stand.