Man says he’s sleepless over engine testing noise


Mike Thompson lives on Rowell Street, a couple of miles from Brookley Field.  But he says the noise from Continental Motors engine testing at Brookley is keeping him awake at night.

In recent days he’s put on a new fortified roof, windows, and doors to try to keep the noise out.  But the constant, low drone of the engine testing persists day and night.

Thompson says there used to be a building near the plant that served as a buffer, but it was torn down in recent years.  

He’s contacted the company to see if they could shut down the testing at night but so far that hasn’t happened.

News 5 contacted Continental as well asking for comments about their engine testing and the noise.  We also contacted the Mayor’s office to see how the city’s noise ordinance applies to business and industry.

Thompson said he has had Mobile Police come to his house in the middle of the night to hear the noise for themselves–he says the noise is much louder in the overnight hours after things like traffic have died down.  

City Communications Director George Talbot says he’s checking on the noise ordinance issue.  We’ll follow up on this story once we hear back from him and from Continental.  

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