An unexploded flare has been found on the beach at Brean, SomersetÃƒ€šÃ‚ for the fourth time this year and the second time in less than a week. The Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) was several years out of date and had to be removed by a trained team from the Burnham Coastguard.
Last week, a similar item said to be in a ‘volatile’ condition had to be disposed of in situ via a controlled detonationÃƒ€šÃ‚ by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from the Army Royal Logistics Corps.
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TEPs regularly wash up on beaches having been disposed of or misfired at sea and they can provide a significant hazard to those attempting to handle them. HMÃƒ€šÃ‚ Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres are equipped to deal with the following TEPs:
- Rocket Flares
- Handheld Smoke/Flare
- Smoke Generators
- Buoyant Lifesmoke
- Mini Flare Packs
- Signal Pistol Cartridges
- Man Overboard Markers
Anything not listed, or in a particularly hazardous condition, will require the attendance of an EOD team.