New Jersey? Watch for the blobs! Mysterious black blobs appeared
recently on sidewalks and streets of the Waterfront South neighborhood
in Camden, NJ, according to The Associated Press. These gooey
spots, about the size of a half-dollar, look like oil but feel
The most recent
report by CBS News.com says officials from the Department of Environmental
Protection and the Camden County Health Department have determined
the strange substance is paraffin wax and poses no risk.
residents are skeptical. Although paraffin wax is normally a harmless
substance used to make candles, it also is used in industrial
processes. In the Waterfront South neighborhood, houses, schools
and playgrounds share close quarters with factories, and residents
are afraid the wax goo may contain other not-so-innocent substances
from the factories.
a lifelong resident of the neighborhood, told The Associated Press
and CBS News.com she and other residents fear the substance is
harmful. She also said she doubts the explanation given by officials.
they're covering it up, I really do," she told CBS News.com.
Protection Agency (EPA) regional office in New York City had no
information about the blobs Tuesday, but agreed to look into the
--René Tankersley, feature editor