Truro fire crew section off area after resident brings home flare in fishing net

  Posted: 26.05.20 at 11:15 by Joe Macey

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A bomb disposal team was mobilised to Truro yesterday after a resident brought home a military-grade flare.

The flare was only partially detonated and a team from Truro Community Fire Station were put into action after reports the flare was smoking in the persons back garden.

The owner of the premises had caught the flare in his fishing net and brought it home as a memento.

A spokesperson for Truro Community Fire Station said:

"The flare had only partially detonated before being brought home, leaving Phosphorus material inside that was smoking in the back garden.

"Crews cordoned off the area, informed all the residents to stay inside until further notice, laid out fire cover and requested the Naval Bomb Disposal experts from Plymouth.

Credit: Truro Community Fire Station

"The Naval Bomb Disposal team collected the flare in the safest correct manner and under a police escort, took the flare to Perranporth beach to detonate it safely.

"Using a multi-agency approach the incident was brought to a safe conclusion but we kindly remind people to be careful with what they bring home to their properties.

"The flare had clear markings on it and was extremely dangerous. Had the flare detonated it could have been a very different incident."

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