Reporter covering Irene confuses raw sewage for sea foam

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KHOU.com staff

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 12:52 PM

The things reporters do for a live shot. A reporter from Washington D.C. will likely be taking a lot of long showers over the next few days. That’s after he delivered a live report during Hurricane Irene that will likely become the stuff of Youtube legends, thanks to a mysterious "sea foam".

"Our chief meteorologist back at the station said that it’s some sort of organic matter, I guess plankton or something mixed in with sand and salt," said reporter Tucker Barnes. "And I can tell you first-hand, it doesn’t smell great."

Barnes was reporting from a boardwalk in Maryland and, we’re sorry to say, he was misinformed about the "foam" that was covering him from head to toe. It turned out to be raw sewage that was being whipped up by the hurricane winds.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, things got even worse. The "foam" went into his mouth.

"Excuse me, it’s in my face as well, and as you can imagine it doesn’t taste great," he said as he was still unaware of what the mystery muck really was.

It’s not clear how long the reporter actually stayed out there, but you can bet he headed straight for the shower – and maybe the dentist – after that.

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