Last week, WTTG‘s Tucker Barnes unintentionally became the star of one of Hurricane Irene’s most famous moments, filing the above report from a boardwalk in Ocean City, MD. Barnes described the material he was standing in as a “sea foam,” but as the video went viral, it was widely reported — everywhere from Fox News Channel to “The Late Show” with David Letterman — that what Barnes was standing in was actually raw sewage. Now city officials in the Maryland town are looking to set the record straight.

“Everyone who called it toxic human waste didn’t know what they were talking about,” Donna Abbott, the city’s communication manager, told The Washington Post. “No one called us to verify a thing. There’s no sewage in our water. We’d never allow anyone in our waters if there was a public-health threat.” Read more