From Bude Coastguard:
Within the last 48 hours we have received and acted upon two positive reports of active phosphorous marine flares that have been found on local beaches.
Both incidents subsequently required the attendance of the Royal Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit to perform controlled detonations of the objects.
Please heed and share the following advice:
• If you see any type of discarded flare or possible pyrotechnic device on the beach or in the sea, please attempt to note its position, and then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or notify the beach lifeguards.
• DO NOT touch or attempt to move the device yourself.
• Please keep any children at a safe distance from the device and keep your dogs on a lead.
• Please warn anyone in the immediate vicinity of the device to move away to a safe distance.