Manchester City’s FA Cup match was halted when fireworks started going off nearby and pieces landed on the field of play

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  • Manchester City was facing Cheltenham in the FA Cup when the match was suddenly interrupted by local fireworks.
  • Pieces of the fireworks landed on the field of play.
  • Play was halted for five minutes as the teams waited for the show to end.
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Manchester City was expected to put on a display against fourth-division-side Cheltenham Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, but not this kind.

A fireworks show erupted in the 41st minute, seemingly within just a block or two of the match. Play proceeded briefly until remnants of the fireworks started to land on the field of play.

The referee halted play and pulled both sides off the pitch. It is unclear why there were fireworks, but play was halted for approximately five minutes as both teams waited for the show to end.

Here is a video of the bizarre scene. You can see pieces falling on the field at about the 18-second mark.