4 miles of Long Beach shoreline shut down over tar balls

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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.

 

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