Video: Hibs fans illegally set off smoke bombs on way to Tynecastle

FOOTAGE has emerged of Hibs fans illegally letting off a smoke bomb as they marched along a busy main artery into town prior to Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The incident occurred as hundreds of Hibs fans made their way along Roseburn Terrace on their way towards Russell Road and the away end at Tynecastle Park.

Hibs fans marching towards Tynecastle on Sunday. Picture: TSPL

Hibs fans marching towards Tynecastle on Sunday. Picture: TSPL

Many had travelled from the Murrayfield Hotel, a popular watering hole among Hibs fans before away matches at Hearts.

The video shows throngs of chanting Hibs supporters carrying a large banner reading ‘SINCE 1875’ while one fan wields a smoke bomb.

Police officers can be seen escorting the fans along the road, but at no point during the video do officers attempt to stop the lone supporter carrying the smoke bomb.

Setting off pyrotechnics or smoke bombs such as flares in public places is an offence in accordance with the Fireworks Regulation Act of 2004.

Other videos online show that multiple flares and smoke bombs were let off as the Hibs fans reached Russell Road.

A police spokeswoman confirmed an investigation is being carried out and officers are in touch with club officials at Hibs: “Police were in attendance at an unplanned march by Hibs supporters in Russell Road on Sunday, prior to the Edinburgh Derby at Tynecastle Park.

“Flares were let off in the road and officers are currently investigating.

“Unplanned marches cause a significant amount of disruption to both pedestrians and road users. Officers are engaging with Hibernian FC to ensure that spontaneous marches of this nature are appropriately planned in the future.”