Closeup of the Device Detonated Yesterday by the Bomb Squad
Yesterday, Rob and Chris Nichols were at Samoa Beach “just checking out the waves.”
They discovered this:
At first they didn’t know what it was. The two told us that they “picked it up and cleaned it off.” Then they discovered a label which said “Do not handle.”
It also told warned “Contains phosphorous. May cause serious burns. Notify police or military.”
“So we put it down and called police,” the two explained.
Click here to listen to Dispatch talking about their find.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad “showed up and blew it up,” the Nichols told us.
The device appears to be a military grade flare or, as it is known more formally, a marine location marker. It is designed for “charting the course of enemy submarines, locating a survivor during search and rescue operations, locating target areas in antisubmarine warfare or determining wind direction and velocity,” according to a site for a similar device.
If you see one of these, call it in to the Sheriff’s Department.