Bill would require beachgoers fasten umbrellas to the sand at the Jersey Shore

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Beachgoers at the Jersey Shore would be required to tether their beach umbrellas to the sand to prevent them from flying off and injuring people under a bill recently introduced to the state Legislature.

The bill would require beach umbrellas to be secured with an attachment that bores down into the sand, with tie-down straps or by using sandbags. The most common devices cost about $15.

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 2,800 injuries caused by flying beach umbrellas were treated at U.S. emergency rooms between 2010 and 2018.

Women were impaled by beach umbrellas in Seaside Heights and in Ocean City, Maryland, within a week of each other in 2018.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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