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TRENTON, New Jersey -- Several beaches along the Jersey
Shore were closed during part of the busy holiday Labor Day weekend
because medical waste and other trash had washed ashore, authorities
The beaches were all reopened, said Elaine Makutura, a spokeswoman
for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The source of the waste -- which beachgoers said included
syringes, tampon applicators and gauze -- was not immediately known,
and there were no reports of injuries.
Most of the waste was found on beaches and in the water off
Monmouth and Ocean counties, authorities said.
An eight-block stretch of coastline along Normandy Beach in Ocean
County was closed shortly after the first waves of trash were
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