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Mystery of the missing boom

by Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

Some 5,200 feet of boom used in the Gulf oil spill has gone missing in the area around Pensacola, Fla., and the leading suspects are: someone hoping to resell it; an upset fisherman or woman; and Mother Nature.

The Pensacola News Journal reports boom worth $100,000 was reported missing from two sites earlier this week. Police are investigating the possibility of theft, but it's also possible the boom was broken up by waves and drifted away.

"Who says somebody stole it? It probably just washed away," said resident Randy Larcon.

Luke McCoy, approached while fishing near one of the sites, had a different theory. "I know why they took it; it's blocking the fishing ... They probably didn't sell it, they just dropped it in the woods somewhere."