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July 4th fun, fireworks leave extra big mess on South Mississippi beaches

Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis deployed his team just hours after the Independence Day party to clean up the miles of beach cluttered with fireworks and other debris.  (Photo source: WLOX) Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis deployed his team just hours after the Independence Day party to clean up the miles of beach cluttered with fireworks and other debris. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

America's birthday extravaganza on the beaches in Harrison County left a big mess and some residents are not happy about it. Sand beach crews had to battle the rain all Sunday morning to pick up the soggy remnants from the Fourth of July fun.  

"Just nasty," said Rebecca Knebel.  

Rebecca and her husband Brian were shocked and little frustrated to see tons of trash blanketing the beautiful beaches. 

“We picked ours up and brought it with us, put it in the back of the truck, and threw it away. I don't know why others can't think that same way and it is terrible," said Brian Knebel. 

Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis deployed his team just hours after the Independence Day party to clean up the miles of beach cluttered with fireworks and other debris. 

"It looks like everybody had a great Fourth of July, but the beach is a mess. We don't want the tourists to come here and have this in their mindset; we want it to look as nice as possible," said Loftis. 

There was a little bit of everything for crews to pick up, from broken chairs to underwear. 

"Thank goodness for gloves. You want to know what size they are? They are about a large," said a crew member. 

Although the mess looks like a mission impossible, Loftis said with the help of beach equipment and a lot of hands, the litter will be removed, but it won't be easy. 

“We want to do it as quickly as possible. But if the weather turns nice, and people start coming out, there is no way we can actually clean with people on the beach." 

The Knebels appreciate the cleanup crew's time and effort on this dirty job, but they’re still not happy about the beach being turned into a dumpsite. 

"You had to carry in your bags, so put your trash back in and take it with you. Why is it someone else's responsibility to clean up your mess," said Rebecca Knebel. 

Loftis said as of Sunday night, more than three miles of beach had been cleaned. It will take two to three weeks to finish the job.

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