Sunday, 31 July 2011

Boone Bans Animal Noises, Horns, Yelling

Vehicle Noise, Fireworks, Music Also Forbidden

BOONE, N.C. -- Boone, N.C., home to Appalachian State University, is cracking down on nighttime noises that apparently bother residents of the college town.

Boone Town Council members have beefed up they city's noise ordinance in an effort to reduce complaints of loud student parties and to create more "peaceful neighborhoods" in the college town.

More than half of Boone's 15,000 residents are between the ages of 18 and 24.

Sounds banned from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. include fireworks, outdoor music, animal noises, vehicle noise, yelling, and horns.

Violations could result in only a warning, unless the noise is clearly intended to disturb someone else. Fines will $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Business with permits may extend the hours permitted for playing mus

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