A smoking military flare that washed ashore on Juno Beach closed the pier and surrounding area for about an hour Tuesday, authorities said.
The approximately 3-foot-long cylinder rolled in on the water’s choppy 3-to-5 foot waves at about 11:30 a.m. south of the Juno Beach Pier, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said.
The flare, which Juno Beach police said appeared to be a newer device, had square ends, authorities said.
“It looked like to me that it was a flare or a marker that the Coast Guard or the military uses to mark a spot in the ocean,” said Brian Bowen, a training officer with county Fire Rescue.
The pier and surrounding beach was evacuated and traffic on State road A1A was blocked while authorities investigated.
In less than an hour the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad had removed the flare from the beach and the area had reopened.