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Long Island beach closes after needles, medical waste wash ashore

August 18, 2018 - 11:05 am

EAST ATLANTIC BEACH, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island beach remains closed Saturday after a significant amount of medical waste washed ashore.

Nassau County police said a vigilant lifeguard first noticed a variety of medical waste along the shore at East Atlantic Beach, between Ohio Avenue and Clayton Avenue in Hempstead, Friday night.

“Including approximately 35 assorted syringes and needles and various loose trash with medical markings on them,” a representative said.

Town supervisor Laura Gillan said heath officials and police were notified immediately.

No injuries were reported but the beach was closed and an investigation began.

“It could’ve been somebody that is diabetic and their trash just got misplace and pulled into the water, or it could’ve been something that was illegally dumped,” Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder explained.

The beach will be monitored throughout the weekend.

Police request that anyone with information of illegal dumping of hazardous materials to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.