flares being washed ashore.
have been called in to dispose of dangerous flares
being washed ashore on Norfolk beaches.
phosphorus US Navy flare containers have been found in
two days between Cromer and Heacham.
Great Yarmouth coastguard spokesman said the flares
were very dangerous and any findings should be
reported to coastguards or the police.
anyone finds one of these objects - do not touch it -
move away from it - call 999 and ask for the
light blue/grey containers are about 20 inches (60cm)
long and marked 'CCC' in a green band at one end.
the other end they are marked "Do not handle -
contains phosphorous" on a white band.
Around all the four sides are the
words "Down or forward when launched" and a
large black arrow.
activated they smoke for up to 15 - 20 minutes, and
when filled can weigh about 10kg (25lbs).
are usually found at high water mark on the beach and
they are considered to be very dangerous as the
phosphorous cannot be considered to be fully
expended," the coastguard spokesman added.
affected beach lies close to weapons ranges, and these
recent unexploded flares have been released from
aircraft. We believe they have been washed ashore on
said others may be blown or arrive on high tides.
Portsmouth-based Joint Services Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) team has been called in to dispose of