ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Military flares that can cause severe burns to the skin have been washing up on beaches along Encinitas.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says the flares in metal boxes washed up on the beach Wednesday and Thursday. The boxes contain a label warning that the flares used to signal smoke are flammable and contain phosphorous. The substance can cause severe burns if exposed to the skin.
The military is conducting terrorism exercises off the coast of San Diego.
Officials say some of the flares may not burn all the way and can reignite when exposed to air or water. Bomb technicians have disposed the flares and deputies are conducting extra patrols on the beach just in case.
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