Medical waste found in Arkansas River in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Hundreds of used syringes and vials of blood were found floating in the Arkansas River on Saturday.

Taylor Smyth says he takes his kids to the river almost every weekend, but after coming across the needles in the same spot that his kids build sand castles, that might change.

He says he was out boating in Pawnee County, Oklahoma Saturday when he saw what he thought was a tackle box.

It turns out it was five biohazard containers completely filled with vials of blood and syringes, with the needles still attached.

“I don’t feel comfortable swimming now,” Smyth said.

He thinks someone was dumping them off a bridge upstream.

“There’s no telling how long this has happened or if it’s happened more than once,” Smyth said.

He’s furious that whoever did this not only put the lives of his children in danger but hundreds of people who come to the river every week as well.

“It’s sickening to think that there’s a possibility that someone could get hepatitis from something like this, the possibility is very real I think,” Smyth said.

The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Dept. says they have a team of biohazard specialists investigating.

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