Lancashire

Giant flare exploded by bomb experts on St Annes beach

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Media captionThe device is believed to have come loose from an exercise involving sea mines

A giant flare used in Royal Navy exercises has been destroyed by bomb disposal experts on a beach in Lancashire.

Liverpool Coastguard received a call about a suspicious object washed up on St Annes beach, near Blackpool, at 14:15 GMT on Sunday.

The Royal Navy confirmed it was a giant flare used in exercises involving sea mines which may have come loose.

A controlled explosion was carried out to make the device safe at dawn.

A Royal Navy spokesman advised anyone who sees suspicious objects to report them to the authorities.

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