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Mystery debris forces closing of water near bay bridge

BiloxiBayBridgeFullyOpenedlgBILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has blocked off an area of water near the west end of the Biloxi Bay Bridge where it has discovered a number of steel reinforcing rods sticking out of large hunks of concrete.

The Sun Herald reports that the state agency has notified the Coast Guard and issued a warning to boaters to stay clear of the area until it can get a better read on what’s under the surface.

MDMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan says the agency won’t know for sure what they’re dealing with until they run sonar in the area Monday.

The line of debris follows the north side of the bridge.

Scallan says the area is not considered a navigable waterway but smaller boats cut through there.

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