MONMOUTH BEACH - Two syringes were found within feet of each other Sunday on Monmouth Beach.
The discovery was made along the shoreline at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. A manager there says one of her lifeguards found the needles while making a routine walk to check for debris.
Syringes were also found recently on Long Beach Island, including one in Long Beach Township, one in Ship Bottom and two in Surf City.
Timothy Hilferty, the director of the Long Beach Island Health Department, says it's not too bad, considering Long Beach Island has 18 miles of shoreline.
"We are an industrial state," Hilferty says. "This is to be expected, considering the sewer system we have in place."
The appearance of the syringes was likely caused by the overflow of sewer systems in North Jersey and New York following last week's heavy rains.
Many New Jersey beaches were closed in the 1980s and even the early 1990s when a large number of medical waste washed ashore.