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Hawaii molasses spill killing thousands of fish

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AUDREY McAVOY | September 11, 2013 11:13 PM EST | AP


HONOLULU — Workers will collect thousands of dead fish from Honolulu's waters after a leaky pipe caused more than 230,000 gallons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life.

The state Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday hundreds of fish have been collected so far. It says many more fish are expected to die and thousands will likely be collected.

The department is warning people to stay out of the area because the dead fish could attract sharks.

The brown, sugary substance spilled Monday from a pipe used to load molasses from storage tanks to ships sailing to California.

Officials expect the spill's brown plume will remain visible for weeks as tides and currents flush the molasses in to nearby Keehi Lagoon and out to sea.