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Hagerstown briefs

March 19, 2005

Noisemakers to be used to scare birds

Beginning Monday at 5:30 p.m., the City of Hagerstown Department of Public Works staff will be exploding firecracker/projectiles for three days in and around the 200 block of South Potomac Street for the purpose of chasing birds away from properties from Baltimore to Lee streets.

"We hope the birds will find a new roosting location in a more rural setting," said Eric Deike, public works manager. "Typically, a few nights of startling the birds are enough to convince them to move to other locations."

He stressed the noise scares, but doesn't harm, the birds.

Residents can expect to hear several loud explosions or whistling noises Monday through Wednesday evenings as the devices are launched.

For information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 178.

Hearing-impaired can get free smoke alarms

The Hagerstown Fire Department is offering free smoke alarms to city residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, according to the department.


The department said the alarms not only feature a loud warning sound, but also a strobe light to provide a visual alert.

Information on applying for the smoke alarms may be obtained by contacting department Public Educator Mike Weller at 301-739-8577, ext. 415, or sending e-mail to

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