Some Ocean City beaches reopen

OCEAN CITY, N.J. - August 29, 2008

The beaches north of 35th Street in Ocean City have reopened.

Workers on Friday morning found more medical waste, and officials planned to hold an 11 a.m. news conference to announce details about the find and what they plan to do about it. Action News crews on the scene say the beaches are still closed and the red flags are still up at the spot where medical waste was found Thursday. Officials closed nine beaches after six syringes and five pieces of syringes were found.

Chopper 6 was over the beach around 8 a.m. while officials combed the sand and water.

Officials say the medical waste found Thurday is not related to the syringes and cotton balls found on Avalon's beaches earlier this week. There's no word yet exactly what was found Friday morning.

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.

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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