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Do you have a robotic or automatic pool cleaner? If so, inspect the bearings in them for failure. Otherwise, is it possible they were tossed in by something outside the pool? Your motor bearings would have a very hard time coming apart and allowing the balls from inside the bearings to migrate to the pool.

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