Glass shards found buried in sand along Lake Michigan beach

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A massive clean-up effort is underway in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore after pieces of broken glass were found in a walkway.

The glass was found spread out over hundreds of yards on the Lake Michigan beach near Good Harbor Picnic Area at the east end of Lake Michigan Road ​​​​​​.

Leelanau District Ranger Andy Blake said the glass appears to have been spread deliberately. “The glass was not dumped in one spot, but is spread fairly uniformly up and down the beach for several hundred yards. It is definitely a hazard to beachgoers as it consists of literally thousands of freshly broken pieces mostly one half to two inches in size.” 

Park staff will be taking time from their regular duties to work alongside park volunteers to walk the beach in Good Harbor and remove as many pieces of broken glass as possible before visitors and wildlife find them unexpectedly.

This is not the first time this has happened. 

Glass was also found in large quantities along the Lake Michigan beach in October 2017 near the Lane Road parking area in Port Oneida. 

Whoever was responsible for that incident has never been identified.

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