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San Diego

The beach area of Mission Bay near the Ingraham Street bridge will be quarantined for at least a week as the result of a sewage spill, public health authorities said Wednesday.

The spill Tuesday evening was caused by rocks in a pipe that kept sewage from reaching the Vacation Isle pumping station, said Robert J. Ferrier, a deputy director in the San Diego Water Utilities Department. About 250 gallons of sewage then overflowed into a storm drain that carried it to Mission Bay, he said.

Sewage spilled into the north-central portion of Mission Bay for about 45 minutes, said John Melbourn, a public safety engineer for the San Diego County Department of Health Services.

The Ingraham Street bridge connects Vacation Isle and Crown Point, crossing the Fisherman’s Channel of Mission Bay. Melbourn said the quarantine encompasses an area 100 yards to either side of the bridge, on both sides of Fisherman’s Channel.

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