Re: All's Flare!
We saw magnesium parachute flares one night, off of Tortola. A British aircraft carrier (The Ark Royal?) was on maneuvers with unlit fighter jets zipping here and there in the dark. Every now and then there was a "boom" and about four seconds later a bright light lit up about a quarter mile of sky. It would drift down for what seemed like 30 or 45 seconds, and then go dark. Since they wouldn't respond on the radio, we don't know if they were looking for a soggy pilot or simply trying to attract fish. It went on for a good while, though. Quite a show.