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VIDEO | US Navy explosive device detonated on a Benalmádena beach

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  • Two controlled explosions were felt by residents close to Torrevigía beach where the device, believed to be a phosporus flare, was discovered by a walker

Benalmádena was rocked by two explosions on Wednesday evening (3 March) after a US Navy military device was found on a beach in the town.

But the detonation of the American military device, that was discovered by a walker, was done in a controlled manner by bomb squad experts from the Tedax branch of the National Police.

The discovery was made at around 2pm on the Torrevigía beach. A walker saw a floating object in the sea that caught his attention, so he removed it from the water and left it on the shore.

It was a cylindrical device about 80 centimetres long. He quickly noticed references to the US Navy on the device as well as numbers and codes and immediately called the emergency services on 112 and reported that he believed it was an explosive device.

Local and National Police travelled to the scene and verified that it could be an explosive, so Tedax specialists were called in.

A wide security cordon was put in place by the police and firefighters.

Tedax bomb squad officers carried out a first controlled detonation around 7pm. A few minutes later, a second was heard. The detonations were felt in nearby homes but no was no damage or reports of personal injuries.

The National Police has launched an investigation to determine why the military object was found in the sea and they have contacted the US Embassy, according to sources. The serial numbers on the device were still visible, meaning it was relatively new, and are being used to track where it came from and who it was used by.

SUR has been able to confirm that the cylinder is a military-grade signal device (or pyrotechnic smoke flare) which is used to locate shipwrecked persons or for warships to carry out shooting practice. When they fall into the water, they remain floating vertically and their ignition mechanism is activated, releasing the phosphorus they contain, creating dense smoke that serves as a target.

According to the sources consulted, these shooting exercises are usually carried out in the Atlantic Ocean, but tides and currents frequently drag objects from them to the Mediterranean.