State Police Bomb Squad Detonates Marine Marker on Vineyard

Required detonation performed at Lucy Vincent Beach...
This marine marker flare was detonated by the State Police Bomb Squad after a report by the Chilmark Police Department (MSP photo)

From the Massachusetts State Police:


Aug. 22, 2018--Yesterday morning, the Chilmark Police Department on Martha's Vineyard contacted State Police to request Troopers from the bomb squad respond to evaluate a marine marker flare that had been discovered. Troopers Michael Rockett and Daniel Jones from the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Section responded and determined that disposal would be required. 

Marine marker flares are pyrotechnic devices that used in a variety of marine applications, often by the military and often during training or search and rescue missions, to mark a location on the surface of the sea. The marker is designed to be activated by a percussion device when it hits the water and releases smoke and florescent flame or dye to indicate a position on the ocean. It is fairly common for markers that failed to activate whenever they were initially deployed to wash up in coastal communities.

Troopers Jones and Rockett determined that an appropriate disposal site for this marker would be Lucy Vincent Beach. Following the closing of the public beach, the item was transported to the site and countercharged, rendering it safe.

Our bomb squad frequently responds to missions like this one involving undetonated ordnance or pyrotechnic devices found in towns and cities across the state. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on