Beach cleanup begins early

The beach cleanup begins this morning in Harrison County, where a burn ban forced thousands of residents and visitors to the water's edge to shoot and watch fireworks.

Crews began at 6 a.m., filling white garbage bags with large pieces of trash. They will be followed by tractors pulling rakes to sift smaller items out of the sand.

Bobby Weaver with the Sand Beach Authority, expects cleanup efforts to continue through the week.

As a result of the burn ban, the beaches were more crowded than normal.

"If everybody had a good time, nobody injured and no fires, it worked out the best for everyone. We had a good weekend," Weaver said.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's paper.