Tar balls wash up on Brevard County beaches

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:45:41 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 05:36:51 PM EDT

Tar balls are washing up on beaches in Brevard County, and officials are trying to figure out where they're coming from.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

Tar balls washing up on beaches from Cocoa Beach to Melbourne Beach have garnered responses from the Coast Guard and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Contractors said Thursday that more than 50 pounds of tar has been picked up. 

Officials said the tar balls are not the result of any reported oil spills, and an investigation into the cause is underway. 

Beachgoers are advised to avoid the tar balls.

The Coast Guard said this isn't the first time this has happened, with sightings dating back several years.

Contact the Coast Guard at 1-800-424-8802 if you see any tar balls.

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