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post #3 of Old 09-18-2008
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Hi John,

I have a bunch of expired hand flares (fuses) too, that I keep in sealed tupperware type bins. I can't bring myself to discard them. They're handy for starting campfires. I also keep some in the trunk of my car for road flares. This past Labor Day weekend, we invited some of the other boaters on the James Island float for an evening campfire. They had a couple of kids and with their parents permission, I showed them how to light the flares and gave them one each to help start the campfire. They all got a kick out of it. All I know is that if we ever needed to use flares for signaling, I would be really ticked if I didn't have any left because I discarded the expired ones.

P.S. The old flares look brand new.

S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA

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