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Residents Near Raleigh Mall Complain Of Construction Noise, Damage

Posted December 30, 2002

— Some people who live near Raleigh's Triangle Town Center mall blame a construction project for flying rocks and frayed nerves.

Construction crews working on a Target store across from the mall said to prepare the land they must blast away rocks. Neighbors said they were not notified.

Across the street from the site, neighbors are not happy with the series of rock blasts that they said caused pictures to fall off walls and shake homes.

"It seems like the whole house trembles and it seems like the whole yard shakes," resident Frances Malone said.

"We were literally shaken in our house. This happened on a number of occasions," resident Michael Avants said.

Avants lives a half mile away from the work site and said he is upset there are no signs warning residents of the blasts.

"The jolts are just incredible. We've called them violent," he said.

The jolts have also been damaging. Last Monday, a rock flew across the street and into the Malone family's roof. The company put up a plastic tarp, but has not been back since.

Rocks also hit a car parked in the Malones' front yard.

Malone, who works a third shift, sleeps during the day. She said the worst part is that she has to listen to the racket while she tries to sleep.

"The truckers noise isn't that bad, but the blasting noise really bugs me," she said.

WRAL tried to contact the construction company Friday, but it was closed.

The Raleigh Fire Marshal's office issues blasting permits, provided a company posts warnings. Officials said they will look into the situation.


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