Police lock up Nerja beach as Spanish navy experts detonate US military explosive device

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The scene on the Burriana beach in Nerja. / THIS

Specialists carried out three controlled explosions in the sand to destroy the device, similar to the one that appeared in Benalmádena last March

Eugenio Cabezas

Emergency services were put on standby and a police cordon was put in place on Nerja’s famous Burrriana beach after two local fishermen found a US military explosive device floating in the water.

Three members of a team of specialists from the Spanish Navy were sent from Cadiz to deal with the military rocket discovered by Francisco Pastor and José Cabello.

Children playing

On Friday, the fishermen had taken the device out of the water and left it in the sand. “We thought it was a boat fire extinguisher or something, so we left it up to the cleaning staff to take care of it, but over the weekend it was left in the sand, and there were even children playing with it, “they told SUR on Monday, as experts worked to deactivate the military rocket, which contained phosphorus, a highly flammable material. An ambulance team was on standby and Guardia Civil agents kept onlookers at a safe distance.

“It was two strangers who come to the beach for a swim every morning who finally told us to call him,” Cabello admitted.

Specialists from the Spanish Navy carried out a controlled detonation of the device on the beach of Burriana, without any personal or material damage being recorded.

Large column of smoke and small fire

It took three attempts and the last, the strongest, was the one that caused the material to burn completely, generating a large column of smoke and a small fire, which took more than half an hour to go out. . At approximately 5 p.m., more than two hours after the task began, the military team ended the operation by taking the remains of the rocket in a steel capsule.

In normal use, maritime flares can be used to aid navigation or signal an emergency as flares always burn even in contact with water. An expert told SUR that they often sink to the bottom of the sea after use, although sometimes they don’t and are washed away by sea currents. “Every month we have similar calls along the Spanish coasts,” he added.

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