“POST-apocalyptic” scene: Two families play in ocean at GRAND ISLE, LA near floating tar balls — Father throwing sand at son

How Has It Come to This?, Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, Truthout, August 22, 2010:

The scene is post-apocalyptic. Under a gray sky, two families play in the surf just off the beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana. ...

A father jokingly throws sand at his little boy who laughs while dodging it.  This, against a background of oil rigs and platforms looming in the Gulf. In the foreground, littering the beach, are tar balls.

We stroll through the area, eyeing even more tar balls that bob lazily underwater, amidst sand ripples in the shallows…

[T]hey are in the same location where the father sits, grabbing handfuls of sand to toss near his son.

Why not to throw sand from the Gulf at children, or anyone:

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