Hazmat crews removed 45 syringes and needles from the Newport Beach shore Tuesday after the medical debris had washed up onto the sand this week, officials said.
The potentially dangerous waste mysteriously appeared over the past few days by the Santa Ana riverbed near the jetty, an area popular with local beachgoers and their dogs, according toNewport Beach Municipal Operations Director Mike Pisani. However, the beach has remained open amid the clean up.
Pisani said the trash likely washed out to shore during recent rain storms.
"I don’t know what the source is," he told KTLA. "It was just something that was dumped in the Santa Ana river."
The syringes do not bear any sort of identifying marks, making it difficult to determine their origin.
Newport Beach Police officials are also aware of the issue and will be monitoring the situation.
David Scott, a Newport Beach resident, said he found a handful of syringes on the beach Tuesday morning.
"It looked like they were used, and there was actually a needle that had the bent tip on it," Scott said, adding that some looked like insulin needles.
Another local resident, Lynn Talmon, noticed the litter on Monday and posted photos on Facebook.
"Probably in one small area I saw about a hundred, so I realized since they went all the way down to 46th street that’s a huge area," Talmon said. "There were probably about 1,000 right there at the foot of the riverbed."