Phosphorous flares washed up

Two more potentially dangerous phosphorous flares used by the American military for practising operations were washed up on beaches today.Several of the flares have appeared along the coast recently, partly thanks to strong easterly winds.

Two more potentially dangerous phosphorous flares used by the American military for practising operations were washed up on beaches today.

Several of the flares have appeared along the coast recently, partly thanks to strong easterly winds. Today's discoveries were made between East and West Runton and near Kelling Hard.

The flares can stick to and burn skin as well as releasing toxic fumes. People are advised to call police or the coastguard if they find the flares.

There were two identical incidents at Titchwell and Burnham Overy on Tuesday and there have also been recent finds near Blakeney.

Glynn Young, watch manager with Yarmouth Coastguard, said: “We are keen to highlight to the public that these ordnance devices are washing up and are being dealt with by professionals.

“During this popular holiday weekend if anyone spots a device on the beach please contact the coastguard on 999 and do not touch.

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“They are usually found at high water mark on the beach and they are considered to be very dangerous and if ignited would produce toxic fumes.”