Long Beach is the latest California coastal area to close down its beaches because of a surge of tar balls on its shoreline. The city’s Fire Department ordered the closure of about four miles of beaches shortly before 8 p.m. PDT Wednesday because of fears that the tar balls could cause skin irritation or other adverse health effects for beach-goers. Officials are working to find out whether they are from the major oil spill some 140 miles to the northeast in Santa Barbara County.
- Officials shut down a four-mile stretch of coast in Long Beach after tar balls washed ashore.
- Similar surges of tar balls have led to beach closures in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
- http://bit.ly/1IeYuiZ ) reports that the tar balls do not appear to be related to the oil and gas extraction that occurs in the area.