For weeks now, residents in the New Jersey towns of Pennsville, Carneys Point and Penns Grove have been plagued by the sound of heavy bass music, played at all hours of the day — and night.
The three towns are located directly across the Delaware River from the Port of Wilmington and Edgemoor. It’s largely an industrial area, with few houses, which may explain why First State residents haven’t complained about the same thing. Salem County in New Jersey has received at least 55 calls about the music, keeping residents up at night and fraying their nerves.
Its origin? Delaware, says Pennsville Police Chief Allen J. Cummings. “I think I’ve received 21 complaints in the month of October alone. There’s a lot of thumping — Like bass. It’s really loud.”
“The Delaware State Police have investigated a total of three noise complaints advising of loud music being heard in New Jersey,” Delaware State Police Cpl. Michael Austin said in an email.
After each call troopers went out looking for the music and didn’t find — or hear — anything, Austin said. “Information was received that the possible source was a barge located in the Delaware River that was conducting a dredging operation,” Austin adds.
Police contacted the Delaware Department of Natural Resources to see if they had any info, but Michael Globetti, a spokesman for DNREC, said the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is actually in charge of the dredging.
Tim Boyle, with the Corps, laughed when he heard the story. “I’m pretty sure it’s not coming from the dredge,” he said, then made a call and confirmed it.
One theory is that the music’s coming from a warehouse. In July, Gloucester City residents were plagued by a similar incident, but a resident was able to track the music back to South Philadelphia.
In July, Gloucester City residents were plagued by a similar incident, but residents tracked the music back to South Philadelphia. A group of trucks, cars and SUVs with enormous custom sound systems were parked in the parking lot of Jetro Wholesale near the Eagles stadiums blaring music across the river. “I mean monstrous, huge speakers,” said Cummings. He thinks the same thing might be going on here.
In general, it’s not unusual to hear some noise from Delaware, he says — “Every single night you can hear the Amtrack train leaving the station,” Cummings said, referring to the Wilmington depot. “You can hear it blow its horn.”
He and the rest of the Pennsville are just looking forward to a little peace and quiet. “Everyone’s complained about it,” Cummings said. “They want us to look into it, but there’s really nothing we can do.
“That’s all we really know at this point. Hopefully, it stops.”