Teewah Beach was closed following the discovery of a flare.
Teewah Beach was closed following the discovery of a flare.

Defence flare found on beach

TEEWAH Beach, south of Double Island Point, was brought to a standstill for several hours on Saturday afternoon after a defence force flare was found washed up on the sand.

The Australian Defence Force “Mark 58 marine marker” was first discovered on the beach on Friday afternoon but an emergency situation was not declared until Saturday morning.

Emergency crews closed down the stretch of sand in front of Teewah village, stranding about 150 four-wheel-drives.

Witnesses said a large amount of smoke was coming from the flare when it was found.

The marine marker or flare, which is about 54cm long and weighs about 6kg, is the primary marine location marker aboard ADF vessels.

They can be dropped over the side of surface ships for man-overboard marking, navigation drills and similar operations

A police statement said the beach had been closed due to a “phosphorous position device” which was considered dangerous.

Almost 500 campers and curious onlookers were first pushed back 400 metres from the flare and then a further 300 metres.

An ADF spokesman said an explosive ordinance team was sent to detonate the device as the flares contained highly flammable red phosphorous.

An inquiry had been launched into how it came to be on the beach. The flare was detonated where it was found and local man Lindsay Dines said the blast sent shockwaves through his body.

“It was a hell of a repercussion,” Mr Dines said.

“There was a rather big bang and the ground shook.”

Gympie Times


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