A man walking on the beach made an alarming find Thursday evening: dozens of syringes scattered in the sand.
They were located near the Makai Research Pier in Waimanalo.
Robin Bond told KHON2 he lives down the road and frequents the area, and he’s never found anything like this before.
“I usually come down to these beaches,” he said. “It’s my backyard and I get some exercise and clean up, and I was pretty surprised when I came across the number of syringes that I came across. Normally we find one or two at the most, and this was three or four dozen in the span of about 10 minutes worth of walking.”
Bond says he had no idea how long they’d been there or where they came from, so he starting making calls. Honolulu police eventually helped dispose of the multiple syringes.
“It was pretty scary to see that many on the beach and I know as a parent, I’ve got a 9-year-old, and I’d hate to see my son getting poked with something to get into trouble down the road,” Bond said.
We reached out to several government agencies to see if the beach would be checked for more debris.
In the meantime, Bond and a representative from the group 808 Cleanups did their best to warn people of possible dangers on the beach by placing caution tape at the entrance.
“Needles are a pretty common find in a lot of parks and a lot of beaches, but not in this quantity,” said Michael Loftin, 808 Cleanups executive director. “This is far and away much higher than we usually find.”