Cape Breton police locate source of smoke flares, investigation continues
Cape Breton Regional Police have reportedly found the source of the smoke flares that have resulted in multiple reports throughout the region.
Officers reportedly received a tip that led them to a commercial property in North Sydney, N.S. At the location, they found a large number of marine-use emergency flares in storage.
At this time, police say they believe the flares were stolen from the property.
Officers are currently making arrangements to have the flares removed from the area and destroyed.
It’s not known how many flares were taken from the property and police are now urging caution as some may still be circulating in the community.
Police say that when activated the flares emit a high amount of heat that is capable of causing a fire or serious injury in addition to a large amount of orange smoke.
If you find one of the flares, police urge you to leave it alone and contact them immediately so that it can be disposed of safely.
The police investigation continues after two incidents involving the flares this week.
Someone set off a flare inside Memorial High School in Sydney Mines, N.S. on Thursday morning while a flare was also found inside the North Sydney Walmart earlier this week.
The school was evacuated shortly after and Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has closed the school for the remainder of the day.
— With files from Cory McGraw
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