Officials reopened a 4-mile stretch of coastline in Long Beach after crews worked to clean the area of “tar balls” that began washing ashore earlier this week.
On Wednesday, the Long Beach Fire Department closed the beach from 1st Place to 72nd Place after the oily substances began appearing.
Resources were assembled to clear away the petroleum-based globs and city crews worked through the night Wednesday and Thursday to address the situation, according to Jake Heflin, Long Beach Fire Department P.I.O.
The Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division will continue to monitor the beach. Should the “tar balls” continue to wash up on the shoreline, measures will be taken to locate and remove them, the Fire Department stated.
The beaches were reopened to the public as of 8 a.m., according to the Fire Department, which asked that residents and visitors take extra precaution when walking on the beach or swimming in the waters.
It was still unclear if the tar balls were related to the Santa Barbara oil spill near Refugio State Beach.
Visitors were asked to contact the National Response Center Hotline at 1-800-424-8802 to report any new findings of oil debris.