Blue-green algae closes Burlington-area beaches

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Blue-green algae blooms have shut down several popular beaches in Burlington and South Burlington.

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North Beach, Texaco Beach and Leddy Beach in Burlington were all closed Friday. Red Rocks Beach in South Burlington was closed, as well.

The closings came as a disappointment to many beachgoers.

"We were just going to come out here and throw the frisbee around, swim in the water a little bit, and then algae bloom, so..." said Andrew Chaney of Burlington.

"So we were in downtown and we were going to come down and we were hoping the beach was open cause it was nice and hot out so we were going to go for a swim," said Axel Laing of Burlington.

"Well, I'm not too happy but we make the best of it, so brought our instruments, snacks, fun pack," said Sue Picknell of New Hampshire.

The Burlington Parks and Recreation Department said Friday was "the first possible Cynaobacteria sighting of the season" at North Beach. Officials warn to watch for posted "No Swimming" signs.

The toxic algae thrive on hot, calm days and in shallow water. Health officials say swimming or wading in water with cyanobacteria may cause skin rashes, diarrhea, a sore throat, stomach problems, or more serious health concerns. It says dogs are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects.

It's one of several areas around the state and in New York that have issued warnings.