Danger warning over flares

IAN CLARKE Coastguards and police have issued a warning about the potential dangers of phosphorous flares after one had to be blown up after being left overnight at a police station.

IAN CLARKE

Coastguards and police have issued a warning about the potential dangers of phosphorous flares after one had to be blown up after being left overnight at a police station.

An RAF bomb disposal unit was called in to take the flare to a safe area on Holkham Beach on Sunday to explode it in a “controlled environment.”

It had been left during Saturday night at Wells Police Station and police and coastguards said if people find them they should not touch them and immediately dial 999.

Wells Coastguard station officer Steven Willsher said: “The flare was potentially very volatile and dangerous and can cause very severe burns if it ignites.”

Bomb disposal experts also blew up 20 cannon shells which were washed up at Titchwell on Saturday.

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The incident of the flare being left at Wells came after an explosive device - which turned out to be a firework - was taken to Fakenham Police Station last month and sparked of a bomb alert and shut off part of the town for several hours.