WATCH: Bomb disposal experts called to destroy dangerous flares washed up on North Devon beaches

The coastguard has warned people not to pick up flares washed up on North Devon beaches by Strom Doris. Picture: Coastguard
The coastguard has warned people not to pick up flares washed up on North Devon beaches by Strom Doris. Picture: Coastguard

Coastguard issues warning after phosphorus flares found at Croyde and Saunton in wake of Storm Doris

Bomb disposal experts were called twice last week after live phosphorus flares were washed up on North Devon beaches.

The potentially dangerous chemical flares were discovered at Croyde and Saunton in the wake of Storm Doris on Thursday and Friday.

They were destroyed during controlled explosions by the Plymouth-based Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit.

Phosphorus is often used for naval flares and the chemical can cause significant burns if exposed to the skin.

The coastguard said it was unsure whether the flares had fallen off a ship or were misfires but has warned people not to handle them.

Croyde station manager Gary Court said: “They may look harmless but if there is even a small pin prick hole and the chemical gets on the skin, it can be dangerous.

“The person who discovered the flare washed up at Croyde was walking around with it in their hand – we are reminding members of the public that they should not touch them.”

Mr Court said the flares were potentially live and dangerous and urged people to report any further discoveries by dialling 999 and asking for the coastguard.


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