MCGREGOR, Texas – Residents of Mcgregor are once again dealing with loud noise, rumbling floors and shaking walls.
“We had very specific conversations with Space-X and they knew the issue had grown to a point where it was really not what anyone in the McGregor area had bargained for,” Mayor Jim Hering told 25 News. .
For a short time, they were able to limit noise by testing their rockets vertically instead of horizontally, giving sound a chance to be absorbed by the ground.
“The sound goes into the ground, into a flame and a silencer,” Mayor Hering said. “It’s made of concrete and steel and covered in water, and it really kills the sound.”
Although it worked for a little while, a malfunction caused them to revert to their original testing style. For McGregor residents, that means the sound is back.
“It’s quite loud,” resident Camryn Thane said. “You kind of stop what you’re doing and I guess you wait for it to finish. It’s hard to hear others or if you’re watching something it’s hard to understand or focus on what you’re doing. done.”
Camryn Thane has lived in McGregor all her life and has been doing Space-X testing since middle school. She said it seemed to be getting louder and louder and more often, a growing concern for many.
“In buildings downtown, there’s a lot of plaster falling off the walls,” she said. “There are a lot of people moving to the area, a lot of new homes being built, so it’s great that Space-X is bringing this revitalization to the city, but I just wonder if we’re ready, if the historic buildings are ready. “
Mayor Hering said he contacted Space-X and the company promised to address those concerns.
“People want to know that it’s going to be fixed, that it’s not going to go on forever,” he said. “Space-X tells me they don’t and I believe them, so we’ll see.”
A test took place after 10 p.m. Thursday night, more than an hour after city guidelines allow. In a previous interview, city officials told 25 News that whenever this happens, Space-X can be charged up to $25,000.