The team from Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue rushed to Stevenston beach yesterday following reports of a suspect item being found.

Just before midday the team was called out after calls reporting a suspected explosive found on the beach between Stevenston and Ardrossan.

The person had initially called the police, who, in turn, contacted the Coastguard to investigate.

Using what little information of the possible explosive device they had, the team found disused rusty gas canisters buried in the sand.

They were removed from the beach by the team to avoid any future finds by metal detector enthusiasts.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard said: "During the course of the search, the team located a number of old rusty gas canisters which were well above the high-water mark and did not pose a risk to anyone which the team believe to be the same objects as those reported to the police.

"We are once again advising the public of how vital it is that people #KnowWhoToCall in a coastal emergency which includes finding suspicious items on the beach or along the coastline.

"We would urge everyone to follow these simple pieces of advice if they find something on the beach which they believe could be a maritime distress flare or possible ordnance."

The Coastguard's advice is:

· Do not touch or move the item

· Keep a safe distance at all times

· Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard immediately

· Provide as much information as possible including exact location and if possible stay nearby until the attendance of the Coastguard.