Staithes showed its flair for drama as the discovery of an old warning device saw the army bomb disposal squad being drafted in.
A member of the public found the hand-held flare on the beach below the cliffs and walked into the local RNLI shop with it in ther hands.
Staff quickly called 999 and the beach was cordoned off as police and a bomb disposal unit from the Royal Engineers were deployed to the scene this morning.
They later carried out a controlled detonation of the flare to avoid any possibility of danger to the public.
The flare was later described by a police officer at the scene as from the late nineties and “out of date”.
The area is popular with fossil-hunters due to the huge quantities of Jurassic-period fossils found in the rocks and the Yorkshire coast is no stranger to incidents such as these.
Drew Baxter, of Staithes RNLI, said he had found an unexploded shell on the beach around two years ago and urged people on the beaches to be careful.
He said: “If anyone finds anything they suspect to be explosive, they should make sure they know where it is, then they should call the police.”