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VDS - Pyrotechnic: Orange Smoke Handheld
Orange Smoke (Handheld): Day Signal
VDS - Pyrotechnic: Orange Smoke Floating
Orange Smoke (Floating): Day Signal
VDS - Pyrotechnic: Red Meteor
Red Meteor: Day and Night Signal
VDS - Pyrotechnic: Red Flare
Red Flare: Day and Night Signal
  • Pyrotechnics are excellent distress signals. However, there is potential for injury and property damage if not handled properly. These devices produce a very hot flame, and the residue can cause burns and ignite flammable materials.
  • Pistol-launched and handheld parachute flares and meteors have many characteristics of a firearm and must be handled with caution. In some states, they are considered a firearm and are prohibited from use.
  • Pyrotechnic devices should be stored in a cool, dry, and prominently marked location.
  • If pyrotechnic VDSs are used, they must be dated. Expired VDSs may be carried on board, but a minimum of three unexpired VDSs must be carried in the vessel.