Noise at Grand Prix exceeds Baltimore's health code
By By Kevin Rector
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 01, 2013 | 12:38 PM
The noise levels created by the IndyCars racing through downtown streets for the Baltimore Grand Prix this weekend go well beyond those generally deemed acceptable under the city health code, reaching volumes considered unsafe for people to endure beyond a few minutes.
The noise obviously didn't stop the race from occurring these past three years; motor vehicles are exempt from the city rules that govern noise.
Councilman Bill Cole, who represents the downtown area, acknowledged that the event is "really loud," but said in an interview that city officials studied the issue before the first Grand Prix and determined it wasn't a major problem.
Many big events receive permits to go beyond normally accepted noise levels, he said.
Decibels generated by Grand Prix cars exceed the heightened limits for noise allowed under special permits, according to multiple estimates of how loud the cars are, including from the Health Department itself.
Combined with other race day sounds, noise at the event can reach "about 140 decibels, about the same level as the noise on the deck of an aircraft carrier or being 50 feet behind a jet airplane at takeoff," it said.