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Loud Noise in Fort Myers explained

Posted at 11:10 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:10:22-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- People living by Palm Beach Boulevard off of I-75 and the surrounding areas heard a loud noise on Sunday afternoon.

"I would say if you went and stood at the end of the runway at Southwest Regional, as a jet was taking off that's probably the noise level we had here," said Robert Houston, who has lived in Fort Myers for the past two decades.

"The sound was deafening," said Alan Thomas who has lived in his home for the past three years, never hearing a sound similar to that one.

The sound came and went in intervals silence one moment and then picking up once again. This cycle lasting for about ten to fifteen minutes.

"My neighbor and I were sitting in the garage talking and all of a sudden it sounded like a jet engine trying to take off out of my backyard," said Houston.

Houston's wife calling a number of agencies to see what was the cause of the sound, including the police and fire departments. Meanwhile, Houston decided to look into that matter personally.

"So we got in my truck, went down to the end of the road, crossed the marina about a half a mile from here. and the noise was still farther east, obviously coming from the power plant," said Houston.

Houston believed the problem was a blown turbine at the plant near his home. His wife found an answer to his hunch after getting a hold of someone from FPL.

"She was on the phone all in all about a half hour trying to get an answer if they knew what was going on like a test or anything like that. and as far as they said, far as we know, no test, we do realize there is a problem and it is being looked into," said Houston.