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Bomb squad sent to check out military flare that washed ashore

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Colliton pops a smoke flare to signal a rescue helicopter during exercise Pacific Thunder near Osan Air Base in South Korea, Nov. 3, 2011. (Tech. Sgt. Angelique Bilog/U.S. Air Force)

A bomb squad was sent to check out a military flare that washed up on a beach in La Jolla on Tuesday, a fire official said.

Lifeguards spotted the flare on the beach in an area off Blackgold Road and called in a bomb squad about 10:35 a.m.

The squad removed the flare about 12:30 p.m.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said military flares are “somewhat common because of all the military installations” in the San Diego area, but they “can be hazardous to handle, so lifeguards are trained to isolate the device and notify the bomb team.”

She said bomb squads evaluate the “stability” of flares before turning them over to the military. Flares are detonated only if necessary, she said.

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