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A dangerous military flare washed up on a Wexford beach

An army bomb disposal team was called in to make the device safe.

Image: Irish Defence Forces via Flickr

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team yesterday made safe a military spec pyrotechnic, which washed up on Grange Beach, on the coast of Wexford.

The team was deployed to the scene where they found the device which was 470mm in length and 66mm in diameter. It bore a warning to contact police or military should it be found.

The defence forces said the device was a  C2A2 military pyrotechnic that is dropped from an aircraft into the sea where it will expel light and smoke for 40 minutes to an hour.

It contains phosphorus that could cause serious burns and injury to a person in proximity to it when initiated.

In Fairhill, county Cork a team was also called in by gardaí after a suspect device was found on waste ground during a search for bomb-making equipment and weapons. The device was removed from the scene at 3pm to a safe military location where it was examined and confirmed as viable.

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