Hampshire Police have announced the dates and venues for this year’s Ramora flare amnesty

Boat owners looking to get rid of expired explosives this summer will have four opportunities to take advantage of the Ramora flare amnesty.

Organised by the explosive ordnance disposal experts and the Hampshire Constabulary, the flare amnesty starts this weekend at Yarmouth (April 25).

This is followed shortly after by another disposal event at the 2015 Beaulieu Boat Jumble (April 26).

The final two flare amnesty opportunities will take place at Hamble Point Marina (May 17) and Northney Marina (August 23).

All four events will be accepting expired flares between 10am and 3pm.

Visitors to the flare amnesty are encouraged to pay a small donation (£2 suggested) for each explosive that is safely disposed of by the experts.

Last year more than 5,000 flares were collected and the funds were used to buy a Laser Pico dinghy for Brading Haven Sailing Club and a defibrillator for RNLI Hamble.

Unused marine flares should be disposed of after three years, but finding an opportunity to do so safely can be difficult.

To read more about pyrotechnic flares and our review of the latest electronic alternatives, pick up the June edition of MBY, which is out on May 7.