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Marsh posted 04-14-2008 02:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
When I bought my 2004 Montauk 170, it came with a flare gun, and a package of three distress signal flares. The expiration date on the flare label has now passed, so I suppose I need to get a new pack. What's the safest way to dispose of the old ones? I hate to just toss them in the outgoing trash - that doesn't sound too responsible. I thought about just firing them off next July 4th, but the label says that's illegal. Probably irresponsible as well.

What do y'all do with your expired fireworks?


swist posted 04-14-2008 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
I fire them off on July 4. I'm not in a populated area.
Buckda posted 04-14-2008 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Expired handheld flares can be kept aboard as backups (if they still work, what's the harm in having extras?). I also keep a few in my truck - they can be lit and set on the pavement if you break down along the highway at night...though they don't burn as long as road flares.

Older stock than that usually find their way into a campfire or two somewhere.

I believe that the shell flares should be soaked in water and disposed of once you get a hefty overstock...but I'd keep expired flare shells around for a few years - again, what is the harm in having extras in your time of need?

I doubt you're traveling the world in your Whaler - but if your Whaler is a tender to your trawler - the shell flares could be used to repel boarders in unfriendly waters. Nothing keeps a crew occupied more than a fire aboard....shoot that flare right for the pilot house......(The above advice for use off the cost of Somolia...)

What does the packaging say?

Good luck.

jimh posted 04-14-2008 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
During the rocket craze of the 1960's:

"Don't ask me," says Werner Von Braun;
"I just shoots them up, who cares where they come down."

David Pendleton posted 04-14-2008 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I fire them on the 4th of July, also--and I am in a populated area.
Liteamorn posted 04-15-2008 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
At the boaters safety course given by the Coast Guard auxillary, The instructor mentioned that Coast Guard auxillary accepts them to use for training.
Tom W Clark posted 04-15-2008 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
This is a Frequently Asked Question, but it one that I have yet to see a satisfactory answer to. The Fourth of July is a bad idea. Here is the discussion we had on this subject from last year:

highanddry posted 04-15-2008 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
I fire mine off my back deck whenever it suits me. I live where I live so I can do as I please.

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