Once again, the majority of people who have lived in Phoenix for years, have never seen military flares before and look where the BGR is located in regards to Phoenix,. That is a major clue right. The the number jived, then flare drops would have been regulary observed in Phoenix on a regular basis, which they are not, and why they have never seen flares before.
Here is the thing though Sky. You are misunderstanding the 'Operational' use of a LUU-2 Flare with the 'Ditching' of a LUU-2 Flare. If the latter, a Pilot has the option of ejecting and burning off these Flares at Altitude if needed. Honestly it is that simple.