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NE OKC Residents Fight To Stop Loud Booms From Recycling Plants

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The city is in the process of writing up an ordinance with the hopes of eliminating the explosions. The city is in the process of writing up an ordinance with the hopes of eliminating the explosions.
Oklahoma City, OK -

The city is trying to silence the loud booms coming from industrial recycling plants.

Neighbors near east Reno claim you can not only hear the loud booms early in the morning and throughout the day, you can also see the damage inside homes.

Denyvetta Davis said the explosions coming from two recycling plants on east Reno have caused walls in homes to crack in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood near MLK and N.E. 4th St.

"We believe we deserve the same kind of quality of life as other residents in Oklahoma City," Davis, who hears several booms every week, said.

The city is in the process of writing up an ordinance with the hopes of eliminating the explosions.

"We want to make sure cars, when they go through these shredding machines, are emptied out of explosive devices like vehicle airbags, things like that," OKC Fire Department Chief Keith Bryant said.

Bother Derichebourg Recycling and Standard Iron and Metal on east Reno dispute claims that the vehicle airbags cause the explosions.

They said it's usually propane tanks that explode in the shredder machines, because they went undetected.

"It's not something we have complete control of," Attorney David Pardue, who spoke to City Council on behalf of Derichebourg Recycling, said.

Pardue disputed claims that the explosions cause damage to homes nearby, or that toxic gas is produced from the shredding.

Pardue also said the explosion occurs once every three weeks.

The city is now deciding how the ordinance proposal, that could result in fines, should be written.

The City Council could vote on this issue by February 25th.

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