SHARON (CBS) — The town of Sharon has shut down Lake Massapoag – also known as Lake Sharon – after a bacteria bloom was detected Thursday. The town is warning anyone with lake access to stay out of the water and keep all pets away.
This is the second warning in two days. In Framingham, the blue-green algae was detected by the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Lake Cochituate.READ MORE: Woman Killed In Shooting Near Roslindale Pharmacy
The bacteria can create strong poisonous toxins that make people and animals sick. It didn’t stop everyone from diving in at Lake Cochituate Thursday.
No swimming warnings were posted, but some swimmers found them confusing right next to the regular ‘open’ signs.READ MORE: Are Masks Back In Massachusetts? Officials Weigh A Mandate Following CDC Guidance
“The first thing I saw was two signs – one that said it was open for swimming one that said it wasn’t and to check the website,” a frustrated swimmer said. “I went onto the state website and it did not list Lake Cochituate as an area you had to stay away from so I went for my swim.”
If exposed to the water, the recommendation is rinsing off.MORE NEWS: Car Crashes Into Richardson's Ice Cream Shop In Middleton
“I feel fine, for the record!” The swimmer added.