Giant flare exploded by bomb experts on St Annes beach
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.