Couple In Soddy Daisy Subdivision Say Home Being Damaged By Another Family's Tannerite Blasts; Sheriff Says Tannerite Not Illegal

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Langleys address the County Commission
Langleys address the County Commission

A couple in a subdivision at Soddy Daisy say another nearby family is damaging their home with tannerite blasts.

Steve Langley and his wife told members of the County Commission that the blasts coming from a nearby house have cracked their foundation, caused other structural damage and knocked artifacts off their walls.

They said the blasts are also deafeningly loud.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said his office has been investigating the situation, while noting that tannerite is powerful enough to blow up a car or a tree if a large enough amount is used. He said the office is sympathetic, but notes that tannerite use is allowed in Tennessee by a 2017 amendment to state law.

Austin Garrett, chief deputy, said the office is looking at several different alternatives, including the fact "this is a quality of life issue."

He said it involves the combining of two chemical components that are detonated by a shot from a gun.

Mr. Langley said the family involved first set off a blast last September, then had a series of blasts on July 4. He said, "The more they drink, the bigger the explosion." He added, "They say they can do whatever they want."

He said they ran his wife off when she went to complain, and he said he believes they get back at those who report them by bigger blasts.

Mr. Langley said his house is a quarter mile away but is not blocked by any ridges and gets a direct hit.

Commissioner Randy Fairbanks said he lives in the same subdivision and is even closer to the house than the Langleys.

He said when he first heard the blasts "it was so loud I thought it was dynamite. The sound is unbelievably loud. It scared my dog to death."


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