Scratching your head about what to do with expired flares? Here are a few ideas to help you put them to good use.
To safely dispose of expired flares, I prefer to hold a flare shoot. That way, squadron members can learn to use flares in a supervised venue.
Be sure to obtain permission from the appropriate local agencies to hold the shoot. Advise the Coast Guard, police and fire departments, and 911 dispatchers of the event’s time and location in case they receive reports from people seeing the flares.
If an organized flare shoot isn’t an option, check with your local fire department. They may be able to use expired flares for educational or training purposes. If they won’t take them, they may know of another agency that will.
If all else fails, contact state and local public works departments, police departments, local marinas, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. –Bob Miller