Coast Guard flare washes ahore in Ocean Ridge; authorities waiting to remove …
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012
OCEAN RIDGE — A military or U.S. Coast Guard marker flare that washed ashore in Ocean Ridge has forced authorities to corner off the area until it can be removed safely.
The marker flare was spotted by a passerby on the beach near the 6800 block of North Ocean Boulevard at 9:54 a.m., said Lt. Hal Hutchins, of Ocean Ridge Police.
Hutchins said the town resident saw the flare that was marked: “Hazardous. Notify police or military.”
Though these types of flares – which are often used by the Coast Guard during search and rescue missions, and training – usually sink when they expend, some float onshore, said Hutchins. He added that it is not uncommon for residents to spot them on the beach.
For now, Hutchins said police will await the arrival of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad, who will remove the flare. The department has called in the assistance of the sheriff’s office on the chance that the phosphorus material inside reignites itself.
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