Pyrotechnician mistaken for bomber at Loftus Versfeld

Pyrotechnician mistaken for bomber at Loftus Versfeld
Gv of the stadium during the African Football League 2023 Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Waydad at the Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on the 12 November 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 13, 2023. 12:19

Police have denied claims on social media that a bomb was planted at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday during the second leg of the African Football League (AFL) final.

Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned the inaugural champions of CAF’s new flagship club competition after they beat Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in Pretoria to triumph 3-2 on aggregate in the final.

Posts on the platform formerly known as Twitter emerged during the match showing a man setting up fireworks for the trophy presentation as spectators mistook him for a bomber.

Starburst Pyrotechnics, who was the service provider contracted to supply the fireworks display, confirmed in a statement that the AFL organisers had appointed them for the task.

“Unfortunately, individuals are posting without applying common sense nor verifying information with the correct authorities before posting on social media. All permits were issued and all safety and police authorities were notified,” Starburst Pyrotechnics said.

“The authorities were notified and they explained to the individuals but unfortunately, even after this they have not removed the posts from their social accounts. And with a little common sense applied, I’m sure anyone would know that a real terrorist would want to hide a bomb.

“I hope after this incident, more of the public know what professional pyrotechnics look like and hopefully spread more publicity for the industry and less fake news.”

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