Investigation Launched After More Than 100 Needles and Other Medical Waste Found on Venice Beach

A "large amount" of medical supplies, including more than 100 needles, was reported to have washed up along California's Venice Beach shoreline on Sunday, which prompted a temporary beach closure and an ongoing investigation into the incident.

"At Approx. 11:30 AM today @lacolifeguards visualized a large amount of medical supplies along the shoreline South of the #VeniceBeach Pier. The area has been cordoned off and notifications to @lapublichealth @LAPDHQ @USCG @lacdbh @LACOFD," according to a post on the official Twitter account of the lifeguard division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD Lifeguards).

The waste was reported to have included more than 100 hypodermic needles and lancets, devices used to prick the skin for collecting blood samples, ABC7 reports.

Orange tubes were also among the medical supplies reported to have been found along the shore, according to an image posted by the LACoFD Lifeguards on their official Twitter account.

"#DriftIC This area will continue to be monitored for the safety of public use until the investigation and cleanup are complete," the LACoFD Lifeguards confirmed in a post on its official Twitter account on Sunday.

The beach was closed off following the discovery and reported to have been meticulously cleaned up by Los Angeles County lifeguards before it was reopened later in the afternoon. There were no reported injuries related to the needles, according to NBC Los Angeles.

A part of the debris was reported to have been sent to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for further inspection, according to the LA Times.

"The source is unknown and under investigation. @LACoLifeguards will continue to patrol the area by land and sea to monitor for any further materials," a post by the official LA County Lifeguards Twitter account said.

The mysterious Venice Beach finding has left locals surprised, disturbed and disgusted.

"I've never seen anything like that before," Mike Bonasede, a Venice resident, told NBC Los Angeles.

"I've seen single needles here and there, probably from people on land. But my guess is somebody probably dumped that stuff, the way it was washed up there," he added.

"It's obviously very disturbing, you know. Hopefully, someone can figure out where it came from so it never happens again," another Venice local, Michael Gaspark, told NBC Los Angeles.

Details on the origins of the medical waste have yet to be revealed.

Newsweek has contacted the Los Angeles Fire Department for further information and updates on the investigation of the recent finding on Venice Beach.

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A surfer overlooking the Pacific Ocean waves in Venice Beach, California on January 30, 2017. Getty Images
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