Portions of three Southern California beaches were ordered closed by public health officials on Wednesday after what was described as “globs” of oil began washing ashore. All beaches in Redondo Beach are closed until further notice as was the coastline between 34th Street in Manhattan Beach, South to Longfellow Avenue in Hermosa Beach… 

“We have examined the substance,” said Michael Anderson with the U.S. Coast Guard. “It is a petroleum-base product. It is not from the local natural seepages, but we do not have a source for that product at this time.”

Residents were being advised to avoid contact with the water, wet sand, and any materials washed up on shore in the area, the release stated. Health officials warned that contact with the oil could irritate the skin and cause long-term health effects…

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