June 30, 2010 1:25 PM

Oil hitting Mississippi beaches by the ton

Out of curiosity, James and Cathy Adams drove 380 miles from Pontotoc to see the oil coming ashore in Harrison County. At the water's edge behind Snapper's Seafood Restaurant, Cathy Adams peeled a pancake of oily material from the beach and held it in her hands. It was like soft caramel, she said. "This is the first tar balls we've seen," she said.

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