Rockaway Residents Find Syringes Littering Beach, Report Says

By Smriti Rao on June 26, 2012 12:04pm 

Several syringes, including one with its needle intact, found on a stretch of Rockaway  beach leaves locals angry.
Several syringes, including one with its needle intact, found on a stretch of Rockaway beach leaves locals angry.
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Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Surf and sand weren't the only things beachgoers found in the Rockaways.

They also discovered a portion of the beach was littered over the weekend with medical waste, including syringes, prompting a Parks Department cleanup Monday, WNBC/Channel 4 reported.  

Several syringes, including one with its needle intact, were found near Beach 116th Street, prompting beachgoer Faye Moore to complain to the station that if somebody was walking along the beach and was not paying attention, "they could puncture themselves, get [Hepatitis]-C" or other infectious diseases.

Earlier a concerned Rockaway mom emailed NBC, telling the station she had found eight needles on the popular beach Sunday night.

Crews cleaned up the medical waste Monday after being alerted by the station, NBC officials said. 

It was not clear if the syringes washed up on the shore as medical waste or were discarded by partying beachgoers, according to the station.

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