Controlled explosion on Brean beach

PUBLISHED: 18:19 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:19 08 June 2015

Bomb disposal teams at Brean beach.

Bomb disposal teams at Brean beach.

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A BOMB disposal unit was dispatched to Brean beach this morning (Monday) after an alert by coastguards.

At around 11.30am, the coastguards were made aware of a marine distress flare which had washed up on the beach, which they then inspected.

The flare was found to be in poor condition and not safe for road transportation, so the Ministry of Defence’s explosive ordnance disposal unit were brought in from Salisbury.

They then carried out a controlled explosion on the beach to destroy the flare.

An HM Coastguard spokesman said: “Our advice to mariners is to dispose of their flares responsibly by making contact with their chandler or by contacting their nearest coastguard station for advice.

“If you see any dangerous object on the beach, including flares, then do not touch it. keep other people away and dial 999 for the coastguard.”

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