Avalon beaches reopen after 3rd closing

August 27, 2008 7:08:16 PM PDT
Several Avalon beaches, from 15th to 24th Street, have reopened after closing again late Tuesday afternoon when more medical debris washed ashore. 150 articles of medical waste washed up Saturday, then another 25 on Sunday and 20 on Tuesday. Authorities believe it is all from the same batch.

In the batch are small needles, typically used for blood work, and large cotton swabs used for throat cultures. Officials don't know if any of the materials have been used. There is no evidence of human blood or bodily fluids found among the medical waste.

A sweep and raking of the beaches Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as well as a visual walking inspection, turned up no more waste, so the beaches are open for business.

The New Jersey Attorney General's office is handling the investigation in an attempt to find the source of the medical waste. The mayor thinks the waste was a deliberate act, and the Borough of Avalon says it will aggressively pursue whoever did it.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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