It first saw tar balls as physical evidence from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now Florida has woken up to find a 550 gallon oil storage tank washed up on Panama City Beach.
The tank, on which the words BP and Horizon were found, was suspected to have been on the Deepwater Horizon rig, but it could have come from a ship.
The rectangular metal tank had an undetermined type of oil in it and was leaking. Hazardous materials crews loaded the 5,000lb tank onto a trailer and took it to a Coast Guard station for transport to Louisiana, where it will be turned over to investigators probing the BP oil spill.
The white sandy beach where it came ashore, the Laguna Beach area of Panama City Beach, has not seen any tar balls or oily sheen from the spill. It was about 60-70 miles east of the Florida Gulf Coast area where oil has washed ashore.