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Night flares at Shilo tonight

Strange lights in the sky tonight? It's not alien UFOs or St Elmo's Fire. It's not even weather balloons.

Rather, search-and-rescue crews will be doing nighttime training exercises at the Shilo range, some of which will involve illumination flares.

The 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron will be out on the range between 9 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, dropping flares and generally practicing all aspects of nighttime search-and-rescue operations. The Shilo range is located southeast of CFB Shilo, west of Highway 238.

Search and rescue is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week responsibility for the squadron, which is based in Winnipeg. One aircraft is permanently assigned to search and rescue stand-by duty and is equipped to aid people, aircraft or vessels in distress.

Along with planes in Trenton, Ont., they are responsible for search and rescue all the way from Quebec City to the B.C./Alberta border, and from the U.S. border to the North Pole.

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