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Coast Guard flare washes up on shore of East Bay, MSP Bomb Squad disposes

UPDATE 4/2/24 5:10 p.m.

On March 31, the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad responded to a call to assist the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office with the disposal of military ordinance that had washed up on shore.

A homeowner in Kewadin found the ordinance on the shoreline on Grand Traverse Bay. The Antrim County Sheriff’s Office responded and notified the MSP Bomb Squad. The MSP Bomb Squad took possession of the ordinance, a Mark-25 Marine Marker military flare, and properly disposed of the item.


“We use them in search and rescue environments to illuminate the area. It helps aid the pilots and the air crew during search and rescue. They have to deploy these flares as part of that syllabus to be become flight mechanics in the Coast Guard,” said Collin Pittman, USCG aviation maintenance technician.

If anyone fins one of these flares, they should contact the Coast Guard, sheriff’s office or state police.

4/1/24 10:45 a.m.

ANTRIM COUNTY — The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad says they handled two separate incident on Easter Sunday in Antrim County.


In the first, MSP says a homeowner in Kewadin reported that a military ordinance had washed up onshore in Grand Traverse Bay. The Antrim County Sheriff’s Office notified the MSP Bomb Squad, which disposed of the Mark-25 Marine Marker military flare.

In the second incident, a trooper from the MSP Gaylord Post reportedly stopped a car on US-131 in Mancelona and saw an explosive device on the dashboard. MSP Bomb Squad responded and disposed of the M-150.

MSP wants to remind everyone to report any items suspected to be hazardous or explosive. You should never try to pick up or dispose of the item yourself.

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