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City hopes loud noises scare off birds

December 14, 1999

If you hear a series of loud bangs around Hagerstown this afternoon don't be alarmed, it will probably be city Public Works Department employees trying to harass the thousands of birds roosting around downtown.

The loud noises are the latest tactic to be employed by the city in the continuing effort to move the thousands of birds, mostly crows, that flock to the city in cold weather.

People can expect to hear the loud noises beginning today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The process will be repeated during the same times Thursday, Friday and probably Saturday, said City Public Works Manager Doug Stull.

The areas scheduled to be visited by the city employees and their noise makers include East Avenue, Jonathan Street, North Prospect Street and Church Street, the area north of Baltimore Street and east of Prospect Street, and the area south of Antietam Street and west of South Locust Street.

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Already this fall the city has sprayed trees in the downtown area with a bird-repelling grape extract.

- Dan Kulin

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