Notts County decided to hold a firework display ahead of their final home game of the League Two season against Blackpool on Saturday.
With the players lined up on the Meadow Lane pitch not far from the touchline in front of the Derek Pavis stand, they had their backs turned to the display on the centre circle.
And right at the end, loud explosion from the cannons startled both sets of players, some of whom visibly flinched - cue much amusement from the crowd.
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See the firework display for yourself - credit to Nick Holmes for the footage!