9 beaches closed in Ocean City

August 28, 2008 2:53:09 PM PDT
Nine beaches are now closed in Ocean City after medical waste is found.Ocean City officials now say that a total of six syringes and five syringe pieces were found throuhgout the day. The beaches now closed are:

30th Street Beach
34th Street Beach

36th Street Beach

38th Street Beach

39th Street Beach

40th Street Beach

45th Street Beach

46th Street Beach

Seaspray Road Beach

Investigators say all of the closed beaches will remain closed until an early morning inspection can be conducted after the morning high tide.

Beaches will be reopened provided no additional medical waste is found.

The public is once again reminded to contact the Police Department immediately if they encounter any medical type materials along the beach. Please call the non-emergency police number at (609)399-9111.

But Ocean City officials say the two syringes found on city beaches Thursday aren't related to needles, cotton swabs and other debris that washed up in Avalon earlier this week.

Avalon reopened its beaches Wednesday after searches for more debris turned up nothing.

Rutala says he's sure the Avalon incident has shore towns acting "more vigilant" about medical waste - just as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the Avalon incident, and has posted a $10,000 reward.

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