5 more syringes wash ashore Jones Beach

Five more syringes were found on the shore at Jones Beach State Park Friday, bringing the two-day total to 20. Lifeguards had discovered more than a dozen syringes and other medical waste Thursday afternoon,

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2007, 9:51 PM

Updated 6,180 days ago

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Five more syringes were found on the shore at Jones Beach State Park Friday, bringing the two-day total to 20.
Lifeguards had discovered more than a dozen syringes and other medical waste Thursday afternoon, according to George Gorman, director of operations for New York State Parks.
Marilyn Montanaro, of Atlantic Beach, said she discovered a hypodermic needle when her feet touched the sand Friday morning.
"It's like the '80s all over again, it's scary," she said.
The incident Montanaro referred to occurred in 1989, when Gorman said three large shopping bags filled with medical waste washed ashore. Gorman said this time, the amount was far smaller.
All the waste was turned over to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It will be tested in an effort to determine its origin.
Anyone who discovers medical waste on any of Long Island's beaches are asked to call the DEC at (800) TIPP-DEC.
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