Time Expired Pyrotechnics Issues
5th August 2015
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Pyrotechnic flares are purchased and used by public non-commercial boat owners and  have a use by and shelf life date. Once this date is reached the flares need to be disposed of carefully as they still contain an explosive hazard.

The advice below is sourced from Visit Gov.UK -  Owning a Boat.

Getting rid of old or damaged flares

It’s an offence to:

  • put them in household rubbish, garden waste or public litter bins
  • dump them at sea, they wash up on our beaches and can still explode
  • leave them anywhere a member of the public could find them
  • set them off

You should contact any of the following:

  • the place you bought them, if they offer a ‘take back’ scheme
  • some marinas - a small charge may apply
  • some life raft service stations
  • some council recycling centres

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service do not accept or dispose of flares or other pyrotechnic devices on fire stations.     

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