Residents concerned after hypodermic needles wash up on Wethersfield Cove shore

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Some residents walking their dogs along Wethersfield Cove are getting a scenic view of sand, seagulls, and hypodermic needles.

At least 12 washed up on the shore, and now locals are telling News 8 that they’re worried their children or pets could get stuck because the needles are hidden in twigs and brush in the area.

One man said he picked up 12 while walking his dog.

Needle found along the shore at Wethersfield Cove

“It’s shocking,” said Paul Bourdon. “I live right around the corner, so I walk down here almost every day.”

A nurse said they are insulin needles that could for intravenous drug use, and police are unsure how they’re getting there but residents have some ideas.

“The sanitation system in Hartford washes into the cove and ends up here when the water comes up,” said Bourdon.

A professional has removed the needles News 8 saw on the beach Tuesday evening. Police advise the public not to touch the needles or go near them.

Mayor Mike Rell issued the following statement:

“This is a concern for our town and our community. We don’t condone the reckless disposal of needles nor the possible illegal use of drugs on town property. This is a selfless disregard for the public’s safety. We are looking into the issue and are concerned as to how these ended up at the cove. Our resident’s safety is of the utmost concern and we encourage residents to take precautions for themselves, their children and their pets.”

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