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Volunteers Help Clean Up Marshmallow Mess In OB

Evening Edition

Volunteers converged on four beaches in San Diego County to help pick up trash left over from Independence Day celebrations.

Ocean Beach alone drew thousands of people who celebrated by throwing marshmallows.

Michael Creger lives a couple of blocks from the OB Pier, where the Fourth of July celebration includes a huge marshmallow fight. Creger says it's really gotten out of control and has started moving from the beach to the sidewalks and streets.

"Normally its playful. It's throwing marshmallows back and forth laughing and giggling. Last night there was aggressiveness," Creger said. "There were people just taking marshmallows off the ground and just rubbing it in your shirt."

The event also rubbed resident Vince Adame the wrong way.

"My concerns have to do with polluting our gutters and storm drains," Adame said.

Adame has lived in the area 15 years and thinks the OB Main Street Association that puts on the event could do a better job of containing the sticky mess.

"There's no signs to say 'keep this fight on the sand.' There's no barriers there to keep it on the sand," Adame said. "You've got police. A short message would help. Nothing is done to prevent this."

It took about two hours for volunteers with San Diego Surfrider to collect 1,500 pounds of trash mixed with marshmallows and sand.

But Haley Haggerstone with the group admits its just scratching the surface of what will be sticking around for months.

"I think its beyond anyone just putting an end to it because how do you write so many citations for littering in a single night," Haggerstone said.

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