A MUSIC fan has told of the shocking moment yobs hurled flares and a ‘firecracker’ into the crowd at an indoor rock concert in Portsmouth.
The drama unfolded last night as the Australian three-piece DMA’s performed at The Pyramids Centre at Clarence Esplanade.
Police were called were to the venue after reports blue and red flares had been set off – seen in a video taken by David Deakin – between 9.07pm and 10.08pm.
Two security staff were injured in the incident – with one taken to hospital – and officers arrested a 17-year-old man from Chandler’s Ford.
The teen was taken into custody on suspicion of assault and occasioning actual bodily harm but has since been released under investigation.
Estate agent Dan Horton was at the gig, which he described as ‘raucous’.
‘Within the first couple of songs a blue flare was let off right in the middle of the room,’ the 39-year-old from Southsea said.
‘To be fair to security they jumped straight in and dragged a guy out.
‘But about 15 minutes later a red flare went off as well. Then someone threw a firecracker over the crowd.
‘It didn’t explode but it gave off sparks, like a small firework.’
BH Live – which runs the Pyramids Centre – said security staff inspected all bags taken into the concert and searched individual revellers ‘on a random basis prior to entry’.
‘Regrettably, flares were illicitly brought into the venue which were used during the event,’ it said.
‘This was dealt with promptly and the gig continued without further incident. We'd like to thank the emergency services and police for their assistance.’
Mr Horton continued: ‘How they got [the flares] in there I have no idea, because we were being searched on the way into the gig.
‘A lot of people were just trying to enjoyed the music, but I spent most of it looking out of the corner of my eye. It was a really nasty atmosphere.’
Hampshire police have urged anyone with information on last night’s events to call them on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44180455923.
The condition of the security worker taken to hospital is not known.