Burnham beach cordoned off after explosive flare washed up
of Burnham-On-Sea's beach was sealed off last night (Wednesday)
after an explosive flare was washed up on the high tideline.
crewmember from rescue hovercraft charity BARB spotted the device
near the town jetty at 7.30pm during a training session and
Coastguards were alerted.
cordon was set up to ensure that beach walkers
were kept well clear until a specially trained Coastguard safely
removed the device.
Parkinson, Coastguard Senior Coastal Operations Officer, said:
"This was a hand-held distress smoke flare, which can be
dangerous and explosive when in an unstable condition."
did the right thing in alerting us as soon as the flare was found
and then keeping beach users away."
is the fifth flare that's been found washed up along our stretch
of coastline in as many weeks, with the others removed from Brean."
advise beach users not to touch them, and to report any that they find
by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard."