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More tar balls found on South Mississippi beaches

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County officials say more tar balls turned up Tuesday on the beach.

Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy told WLOX he learned that 13 suspected tar balls in Pass Christian and were picked up by someone, but the objects were not turned in to authorities.

One of the beach teams also found six more suspected tar balls in Gulfport. Lacy says the objects are about 4 centimeters in size, smaller than the ones discovered Monday.

The tar balls turned in to authorities are being tested to determine if they are a result of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest discoveries bring the number of suspected tar balls in Harrison County to about 100.

Hancock County officials report no new tar balls found there since more than a dozen turned up over the weekend. However, the county is warning boaters to beware off booms protecting sensitive waterways. Hancock County officials say fishermen should not cut or remove booms.

Fishermen who come to an area which needs to be accessed, and is blocked, should call (228) 467-5370 to report the blockage.

Jackson County Emergency officials had no confirmed reports Tuesday of tar balls or oiled birds. Booms are in places protecting county waterways.

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