Jersey City lifts decades-old boom box ban; adopts new noise ordinance

Jersey City lifts a decades-old boom box ban and adopts a new noise ordinance.

Jersey City lifts a decades-old boom box ban and adopts a new noise ordinance. (5/12/16)

JERSEY CITY, - A Hudson County city has lifted a decades-old ban barring the use of boom boxes in public.

Jersey City's City Council approved a new noise law Wednesday night requiring those playing music outside to make sure it isn't "plainly audible" from 50 feet away during the day. That limit becomes 25 feet after 10 p.m.

The new law made the boombox ban obsolete. City officials say state environmental officials never approved the old law, so it wasn't enforceable. They say the new ordinance has been approved in other municipalities.

Councilman Rich Boggiano says most noise complaints involve construction, bars and nightclubs.

The new ordinance also regulates noise made by construction. It sets up specific times and parameters for the noise to be measured and managed.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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