Los Angeles Beaches Closed After Medical Waste Washes Ashore

Los Angeles Beaches

LOS ANGELES, CA – Two Los Angeles beaches were closed Thursday after hypodermic needles, condoms and other waste washed ashore and excessive bacteria levels were found in the water.

County health officials announced the closure of Dockweiler State Beach on Wednesday after the waste was spotted in sand along the four-mile beach near Los Angeles International Airport. Just south of Dockweiler, El Segundo Beach was closed Thursday after the waste began washing up there.

Los Angeles Sanitation District spokeswoman Tonya Durrell told SUN News that Health officials collected at least 200 pounds of waste from the beaches.

Officials believe it was discharged from a pipeline belonging to the city-owned Hyperion Treatment Plant.

The mile-long pipeline had been dormant but was brought back online last week as a heavy storm strained the regular five-mile pipeline.

No more solid waste was flowing from the mile-long pipeline, and crews were working to reopen the beach as soon as possible.