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The Civil Guard deactivates a score of maritime signaling flares and expired hunting cartridges (05/03/2018)

They were found by the new owner of a pleasure craft

In case of finding artifacts, citizens are recommended a simple protocol: DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT MOVE, SIGNAL and WARNING to 062

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has seized and deactivated a score of expired maritime signaling flares and two hunting cartridges found by the new owner of a pleasure craft, which have been deactivated.

The action began when a neighbor of Alhama de Murcia, who has just acquired a pleasure craft, while performing cleaning tasks, found a considerable number of maritime signaling flares that have expired.

The Benemérita, after being informed of the finding, activated the agents TÉDAX-NRBQ, who took charge of the pertinent actions for these cases.

The Civil Guards met with the owner of the vessel and verified that it was 20 maritime signaling flares that had expired, as well as two hunting cartridges.

The flares were of the "hand with parachute" type and belonged to different manufacturers.

The artifacts were removed by specialists of the Benemérita to an area that met the ideal security conditions for these cases, where they were deactivated using.

Citizen collaboration

In these situations, the collaboration of citizens is key to locate the artifacts, and thus avoid their manipulation and subsequent accident, so that they can finally be guarded, deactivated and destroyed with the required security measures.

Safety recommendations

In the case of being in front of an abandoned object that could be suspected of being an explosive, incendiary or pyrotechnic device, the Civil Guard recommends the citizenship to follow the following instructions:

Give the consideration of real to any object with the appearance of an explosive device that is strange to the environment in which it is located.

Do not touch or move the object.

Immediately call the emergency number: 062, which the Civil Guard has available 24 hours a day, so that the effects can be neutralized and destroyed safely by specialists in the field.

If possible, stay in the vicinity of the place until the arrival of the Security Forces.

Otherwise indicate the area or provide the coordinates through a program or GPS location application, very common today in some mobile phones.


Any type of manipulation could have fatal consequences.

Explosive artifacts as decorative objects

The Civil Guard has resolved cases in which citizens who locate ancient explosive devices move them to their homes, as a decorative object, which carries a high risk to themselves, their families and neighbors, so it is recommended to continue the security protocol previously exposed.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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