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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Explosive flares found on Cumbria beach

EXPLOSIVE flares have been found on a beach in Cumbria.

Flare photo
One of the flares

Whitehaven Coastguard was called out to Sea Mill Lane in St Bees at 9am on Sunday after the flares were spotted by a member of the public.

A two-man patrol confirmed that the items were Time Expired Pyrotechnics flares – SOS flares which had passed the time limit for safe use.

They were made safe, removed from the scene and taken to Liverpool Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre for disposal.

These particular items were para flares, used in parachutes. They can eject up to a height of 1,000ft and burn brightly for around 40 seconds.

A Whitehaven Coastguard said: “To ensure safety of the public, we urge all users of pyrotechnics to ensure they dispose TEPs appropriately. The time it takes for us to make these items safe, as well as onward transport to a suitable location is time we are unavailable for other taskings.”

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