El Segundo Beach, Los Angeles.
El Segundo Beach, Los Angeles.

Several miles of beaches in Los Angeles have been closed because of tar balls washing up on the sand. Officials aren’t sure where the oil-based balls came from, but have closed sections of El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches because it’s thought that the balls could cause a health risk to humans. The incident happened just a week after the oil spill in Santa Barbara, northwest along the coast, but authorities don’t think the two events are related. Read more: laweekly.com

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