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Somebody’s final wishes are causing quite a stir in Pittsburgh. It seems that a die-hard football fan wanted to spend eternity in the end zone. Unfortunately, it could lead to a penalty.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and local police are looking into someone spreading ashes at Heinz Field during last Sunday’s (10/10) game against the Denver Broncos. According to WTAE-TV, the ashes were spread in the south end zone. One fan told the reporter that the remains blew onto him and others in the stadium, as well as into their food. Nachos, ruined.

As unsettling as that sounds, the ashes are not hazardous. Bob Neely, Funeral Director at Neely Funeral Home, explained, “It’s been heated up to a point where there is no disease left. There is nothing there. You just have fine particles. But if you don’t know what they are you probably aren’t gonna be able to tell whenever they get to you, but you have a fairly good amount that can come out of an urn.”

The investigation continues but no details on the suspect or suspects have been released. In the meantime, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers says they want fans to know that spreading ashes in the stadium is strictly prohibited.