White substance on Fort Lauderdale Beach could be hazardous to pets

Officials are trying to confirm if the substance that washed ashore is palm oil, which is not dangerous to people but can be deadly to pets.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Officials are investigating a white substance that washed up on Fort Lauderdale Beach and could be dangerous for pets.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said they received a report about the substance between Lifeguard Towers 1 and 10.

Sky 10 was overhead Thursday morning as fire department and Coast Guard officials were on scene at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. While they are working to confirm what the substance is, there’s a belief that it is palm oil.

“Palm oil is non-toxic to humans, however, can be lethal to dogs. We are working with U.S. Coast Guard Southeast to clean the beach, confirm the substance, and investigate the source,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue posted on social media. “Please exercise caution while in the area, especially with your pets.”

ATTENTION FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH We received a report of a substance that has washed up on the beach between Lifeguard...

Posted by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue on Wednesday, September 2, 2020