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Old 15 April 2004, 13:38   #51
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As someone who has recently entered the world of boating in this country, I thought I would observe quietly the different viewpoints offered by various members, however, I can't help but put in my 2 cents(pence) worth. I appreciate and respect the points of view from both trains of thought, however I look at it from this viewpoint.

On celebratory occasions such as New Year's Eve, when there are many more boaters on the water in (for most of us) unsual/dangerous conditions ie. minimal visibility!! (Therefore higher probability of genuine emergencies) I would be incensed, to say the least if I were to light a flare in an emergency situation only to find that there is a delayed/no response as a result of the rescue services responding to a false alarm due to someone igniting a flare for a laugh. The difference of a few seconds or minutes could be the difference between being rescued and losing my life and that is no small matter.

There must be alternate ways of illustrating one's feelings of joy without using one of the most effective means of illustrating quite the opposite..."Distress"
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Old 17 April 2004, 18:34   #52
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It took two hours of questions and form filling and they were eventually taken away by a firearms officer who had to be called in for the task. If the Police take these things so seriously shouldn't we all.
Yet I walked into a chandlery at age 17 and bought a pack of flares, no questions asked
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Old 22 April 2004, 12:39   #53
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Not wanting to keep this thread going but heard about these today. Interesting!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3646257.stm

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default...CTN3177417.htm
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Old 22 April 2004, 14:40   #54
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I don't think the issue with that story is that the man in question fired the flare, it's that it nearly killed someone!
If it hadn't landed in that football stadium, no one would have batted an eye lid.
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If he hadn't fired it, no one would have batted an eyelid.
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Old 22 April 2004, 18:43   #56
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I don't think the issue with that story is that the man in question fired the flare, it's that it nearly killed someone!
Surely every flared thatís launched outside of an emergency situation is effectively putting lives at risk, whether it be the lives of the emergency services, people waiting to be rescued while the emergency services are dealing with hoax callouts or simply by enticing others to let off flares unnecessarily.

If people want to have pretty red things flying around the sky for parties and special events then they should use fireworks and get someone like JK to do it for them.

Anybody firing a flare from a cemetery deserves to go to prison for a year
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