If you see this on the beach, don't touch it: call police

If you see this on the beach, don't touch it: call police
If you spot a device like this one on the coast, do not touch it. Call police immediately.

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- State police say a device is being spotted more often on the Oregon Coast. They also say if you see one, you should call police.

OSP Hazardous Device Technicians (HDT) are urging coastal visitors and residents to be aware of a potential safety hazard.

State police say there has been a recent increase in Marine Markers being found along the Oregon Coast.

They say the the marking device can be dangerous, and when they are found they require a response by trained HDT personnel for removal.

OSP HDT, along with Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel, say there were 3 Mark 25 Marine Markers along the Oregon coast found.

OSP HDT personnel report that it is not uncommon to respond to one report a month after the device is found washed up on shore, but three in a week is very unusual.

State police say the markers are used to mark floating locations.  They are used by military aircraft over the ocean.

These devices contain white phosphorous, which burns in contact with air.

Officials say that even if the devices don't malfunction, there is a possibility that some white phosphorous may be remaining and could spontaneously ignite, causing serious injury.

HDT personnel urge anyone finding a Marine Marker device to not touch it, secure the area 100 feet in each direction and call OSP Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888.