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Old 06 November 2014, 15:28   #51
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I was in Scarborough last night and someone was firing red rocket flares over the South Bay. I was a mile or so to the South and they were still very noticeable even amongst the fireworks
Did you call it in. Some poor sod could be in distress?
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Old 07 November 2014, 05:05   #52
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Bag them up and send them across the pond so they can give us more videos like this…

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Did you call it in. Some poor sod could be in distress?
Yup, he could have dropped his jacket spud & knocked his mulled wine over into his pie & peas- Disaster But then again, you don't get many bonfire parties out at sea, in which case I'd call it in.
ergo: Flare out at sea-call it in, flare over land.....'nuff said simples.
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Did you call it in. Some poor sod could be in distress?

They were being fired from inland, I was watching them come up. If not I'd have spoken to the coastguard.
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"As Randy says" Is it legal? hell no!
err, Dude, that's in the States, the accents give it away
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So how many people here have actually fired a parachute flare? and how many of those were with a registered course?......
We carry them on our rib and to be honest given the power of them I am very happy to have had the experience in a safe inland venue. Unfortunately this is the typical problem where common sense isn't always that common.... and a few can really spoil the experience for the many who are sensible.
And usually it is people who can make money out of a situation who go blue in the face force fitting regulations and/or brow beating others into submission to hand over a load of money, or go without the (very useful) experience.
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So how many people here have actually fired a parachute flare? and how many of those were with a registered course?......
We carry them on our rib and to be honest given the power of them I am very happy to have had the experience in a safe inland venue.
Where was that? Given that parachute flares tend to burn all the way to the ground there aren't many safe inland places to use them.

A while illuminating parachute flare could be a better option as it's less likely to be confused with a distress flare, and burns for 30 seconds rather than 40. Quite expensive to just bang off for a practise though! Pains Wessex MK8 White Parachute Rocket Flare
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So how many people here have actually fired a parachute flare? and how many of those were with a registered course?......
I've popped a couple - inland and very far from navigable waterways. The authorities were aware of my intentions. I have to say that it was very interesting but I won't be repeating the exercise. Yes, they're powerful and yes, things can go wrong. They should be fired directly upwards without any compensation for wind speed or direction. This helps achieve maximum height. Without that, they may still be burning when they land. OKish at sea, not so good over land. I didn't have any issues but I'll not be pushing my luck again...
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Given that parachute flares tend to burn all the way to the ground there aren't many safe inland places to use them.
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