Bomb Disposal experts from the Royal Logistic Corps have carried out a controlled explosion on a number of flares on the beach at Yaverland this lunchtime (Wednesday).

The Aldershot-based team were deployed to the Isle of Wight earlier this morning tasked with safely disposing of a number of expired flares. The flares were deemed too unsafe to transport to the mainland.

The first detonation failed to fully destroy the items, so a second detonation was carried out in front of gathered onlookers. Bright sparks and plumes of white smoke were seen following a loud bang.

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Officers from Hampshire Constabulary assisted their military colleagues by establishing a cordon in the interests of public safety.

The beach has since re-opened.

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