Earlier this morning a Central Saanich resident found the C2A2 Military Marine Smoke Marker while out walking her dog in an isolated area near the 6700 block of Danica Place.
On July 28th, 2014 the Department of National Defense (DND) reported the highly flammable and dangerous device as missing after a witness saw it fall from a Sea King Helicopter during a routine flight over Central Saanich.
DND Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians have attended the scene and safely recovered the flare, which had been damaged but was still live.
The Central Saanich Police would like to thank all the members of the community who assisted in the search for this item over the past two weeks; particularly the members of the Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department.
Original Story on the Missing Flare posted July 28, 2014:
At approximately 5:15 pm on Monday July 28th 2014 the Central Saanich Police Service was notified by the Department of National Defense that a C2A2 Marine Smoke Flare (see photo) fell from a Sea King Helicopter as it flew over Central Saanich. Witnesses saw the flare descending in the area of the Patricia Bay Highway and Keating Cross Road. The Central Saanich Police Service and the Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department are currently searching the area for the marker.
The Marine Smoke Marker is potentially dangerous as it is highly flammable and is activated by water. It will disperse a small flame and a very large white smoke cloud. The flare will burn at very high temperatures.
The flare is an aluminum cylinder, 16 inches in length by 3 inches (approx 40 cm by 8 cm) in diameter.
If located, the marker should not be touched or moved in any way. Any person that locates the marker should immediately contact the Central Saanich Police Service at (250) 652-4441