Who Needs Lightsabers When Simple Old Flares Look This Good?

Who Needs Light Sabers When Simple Old Flares Look This Good

Image Cache: Eat your heart out, Star Wars. This long-exposure photo shows British Army soldiers being taught how to use the L12A2 para-flare during a training mission earlier this year. It's quite something to look at. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

The hand held device shoots bright, rocket propelled flares high up into the sky in order to signal the position of troops in an emergency. Because of the tiny -- but still potentially dangerous -- rocket inside, the training is important.

Photo: Cpl Daniel Wiepen/Crown copyright

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