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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Coastguard appeal after explosive flares found on Cumbrian beach

Whitehaven Coastguard were called out after explosives were found on a beach in west Cumbria.

Flare photo
One of the flares

A two-man patrol was sent out to the scene, at Sea Mill Lane, St Bees, at about 9am yesterday.

They were confirmed to be Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEP) flares – SOS flares which had passed the time limit for safe use. They were made safe and removed from the scene.

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.

The unused flares were discovered by a member of the public while out walking the beach area between St Bees and Sea Mill Lane.

Whitehaven Coastguard have reminded anyone who discovers suspicious items while out on the coast to keep a safe distance, make a note of its exact location, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

A spokesman added: “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.”

The flares were then transported by road to the Liverpool Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre for safe storage and onward disposal.

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