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South Carolina County Residents Report Cicada Noise to Police Due to High Volume

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NEWBERRY, S.C. — The residents of a county in​ South Carolina are⁢ experiencing an unusual phenomenon. The sound of emerging cicadas is so deafening that it​ has ‍led to numerous calls to the local sheriff’s office, with people inquiring about the source of​ the loud sirens or roaring noise.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook on Tuesday⁣ to clarify the situation. They explained that the high-pitched noise is ​simply the song of male cicadas. After spending over a decade underground, these insects have surfaced and are now singing to attract their mates.

According to Newberry County Sheriff ⁣Lee Foster, some residents have even stopped ⁢deputies on the road to ask about the strange noise. The loudest cicadas seem to be moving around the county, which‌ is home‌ to approximately ​38,000 ⁣people and located​ about 40 miles northwest⁣ of Columbia. This has resulted in calls from various locations throughout the day, Foster added.

Trillions of red-eyed ​periodical⁤ cicadas are currently emerging from the ground ​in‍ the eastern U.S. These cicadas belong to broods that surface⁣ either every 13 or 17 years. Their collective song can reach volumes comparable ‌to jet engines, prompting scientists who study ⁣them to wear earmuffs for hearing protection.

After Tuesday’s ‌experience, Foster now ‍understands why these precautions are necessary. However, he reassured county residents in his statement,‌ “Although to some, the noise is annoying, they‍ pose no danger to humans or pets,” Foster wrote. “Unfortunately, it is the sounds of nature.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Disagree – Residents should learn to coexist with nature’s seasonal sounds rather than wasting police resources on harmless cicadas.

  2. Disagree Residents should learn to coexist with nature’s seasonal sounds rather than wasting police resources on harmless cicadas.

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