Police and coastguards in Dumfries and Galloway fear recent storms may have dislodged potentially dangerous munitions buried in a deep trench between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The phosphorous flares are thought to be among thousands of tonnes of munitions, which were dumped in Beaufort's Dyke after World War II.
There have now been two incidents of them being washed up on the Galloway coastline within 36 hours. People using the beaches are being warned not to touch any suspicious objects.
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