OCEAN CITY, Md. — Property owners Sunday found their summer havens swept off foundations and boats in splinters, and the Coast Guard searched for five cargo containers loaded with arsenic that were lost at sea between New York City and Baltimore during the weekend's violent coastal storm.
"The mobile homes came right off their foundations. They were floating. Boats are up in the woods. It looks like a tornado hit the place," said Lois Ruby, who was in her mobile home near Ocean City when the storm hit Saturday.
In Baltimore, the Coast Guard said where and when the arsenic containers slid overboard was not known. If the poison gets out near shore, it could cause problems, a Maryland official said.
The 492-foot cargo ship Santa Clara left New York on Friday and arrived Saturday in Baltimore minus 21 of the containers. Five of them held a total of 540 drums of arsenic trioxide, a powdered chemical compound used as a pesticide and rat poison. The others were empty or held non-hazardous materials, such as cotton fiber, the Coast Guard said.