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Hurricane Bonnie tire clean up - Page 4

State officials deposited the tires offshore in the early 1980s to create artificial reefs for fish. However, as a result of the heavy surf stirred up by Hurricane Bonnie, thousands of tires are now littering the shores of Bogue Banks from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle.

"It is a big problem, and they need this labor," said Dan Stieneke, director of the Divison of Prisons. "The tires are mired in sand, and some can only be removed at low tide. It will be a tough job."

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