Tires Wash Ashore Along The Crystal Coast

Residents and visitors who decided to stay on the Bogue Banks, despite the mandatory evacuation and rode out the storm, woke up Friday morning to an unusual sight.

Hundreds of tires belted to an artificial fishing reef miles out at sea covered the beaches.

Officials with the Division of Marine Fisheries say the tires were likely placed out in the ocean in the 70's to sink ships and attract barnacles which help create a habitat for fish.

Angry seas caused by Hurricane Earl are being blamed for unchaining them overnight. The practice was discontinued decades ago.

Crews spent much of the morning loading the tires onto trucks to be hauled away.

The Division of Marine Fisheries says they will have the tires cleaned up by the end of the day Friday.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    I think MrT has an EXCELLENT point! Keep that muslim anti-American socialist away from NC!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 at 03:51 AM
    MrT@8:04PM,that is an oil slick in itself.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Sep 4, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Whats the one thing worse than having tires or an oil spill on your beach? Having the Obama family on your beach for 10 long days!
  • by blaine on Sep 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    "...makes me think the government didn't want any lawsuits..." Interesting observation.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Sep 4, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Another unanticipated consequence?? Never mind the mess created, just think of all the marine life that just lost their habitat. So where are the environmentalists now?? When are our big time politicians (and environmentalists) going to start asking "what then?" before heading off to implement every screwy idea anyone comes up with??
  • by Sue on Sep 4, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Hurricane Michelan Hits The North Carolina Coast
  • by Evidence? on Sep 3, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    "Have them removed by Friday?" The speed at which they were removed makes me think the government didn't want any lawsuits due to any damage done, to anyone/anything.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    The tires are part of an artificial reef system created during the 1970's. 100's of tires washed ashore in the same area during Hurricane Bonnie in 1998.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    Well dogonit. Don't tell half the story and stop. What sizes were they??????
  • by Firestone Recall? on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Were those the infamous Firestone 500 or were they the Firestone 721 steel-belted radials? Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_streetcar_scandal
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