The U.S. Coast Guard responded to two separate reports of flares Friday night, but they appear to be false alarms.

One sighting came from Union Wharf in Portland. The other was reported from Rye Beach in New Hampshire.

Paul Conner, the search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard, said one motor life boat responded to each report.

“They’ve just completed their search and didn’t find anything,” Conner said around 10:30 p.m.

A second search will take place in each location Saturday morning.


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