ST. MATTHEWS — Calhoun County officials say they have found thousands of old tires in some woods.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported that county litter control officer Boyce Till said Monday that the tire dump is being investigated by the attorney general’s office and the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Till says he thinks there are more than one million tires at the site.

County Administrator Lee Prickett says the county’s $400 fine for littering cannot effectively deal with the problem.

Prickett said that the authorities were contacted Thursday.

Till says he understands the tires were going to be shipped to China but plans were dropped after the rubber market dropped.