Myrtle Beach's July 4th cleanup takes extra time

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Employees of the Myrtle Beach Parks Department are accustomed to picking up trash so the amount left on the shoreline after the Grand Strand's Fourth of July celebration didn't faze them.

      But it did take them a little more time than usual.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported{}that parks superintendent Richard Kirby says about 17 crew members began clearing trash about midnight and finished about 9 a.m. Friday.

      He says that typically, a beach-cleaning crew of about a dozen starts about 3 a.m. and finishes about 9 a.m.

      Just in the blue trash barrels that line the beach, Kirby estimates about 6 tons of trash were collected Friday, an increase from the 3 tons to 4 tons collected daily.


      Information from: The Sun News,

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