Popular L.A. Surf Spot Closed Due to Tampons, Condoms, Needles on Beach
Officials are advising residents to avoid contact with ocean water, wet sand, and any materials washed up onshore in the area.
Dockweiler State Beach, a popular surfing spot south of Venice, will remain closed Thursday due to medical debris — including hypodermic needles — found along the shoreline and rising bacteria levels, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.
Condoms and tampons have also washed ashore, KTLA reported.
"Public Health officials are advising residents to avoid contact with ocean water, wet sand, and any materials washed up onshore in the area," according to a statement from the health department.
Warning signs have been placed around the area, informing people of the situation.
It is unclear where the waste came from, but an investigation is underway, according to the heath department.
"We can tell you that it is non-toxic," Tonya Durrell, a spokeswoman for the health department told reporters. "It does not pose a threat, and we are working very aggressively to make sure that folks get to come back and enjoy the Southern California beaches."
Officials from the heath department did not immediately respond to a request for more information.