Falkirk Stadium evacuated after Bairns win over Queen of South

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Players, staff and supporters were evacuated from The Falkirk Stadium tonight in the wake of Falkirk’s 3-1 win over Queen of the South.

An unattended package aroused suspicions and led to a wholescale evacuation of the ground. It later was revealed to be a box of chocolates.

27-02-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Queen of the South FC. SPFL Ladbrokes Championship. Falkirk Stadium evacuated due to a suspicious package being left unattended in the main stand. Police Scotland were in attendance.

27-02-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Queen of the South FC. SPFL Ladbrokes Championship. Falkirk Stadium evacuated due to a suspicious package being left unattended in the main stand. Police Scotland were in attendance.

Police attended and after a 30-minute wait outside Westfield, the all-clear was given.

A Falkirk FC spokesman said, in a statement; “An unattended package was discovered during the post-match security sweep following Falkirk FC’s home match against Queen of the South this afternoon.

“A police expert attended the Falkirk Stadium and the package was declared safe.”

Peter Houston’s post-match press conference was interrupted twice by the ground’s internal PA system first calling for the head of security to report to the control room, quickly followed by a request for all remaining players supporters and staff within the stadium to vacate the premises.

Players emerged and gathered in the car parks in various states of undress, and mingled with staff and supporters from the club’s hospitality lounges while police attended to the area of concern in the main stand.

The Bairns had earlier overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to win 3-1 thanks to goals from John Baird, Blair Alston and an own goal from Doonhamers’ Andy Dowie.