Around 7 p.m., residents began hearing what was described as sounding like a shotgun. A number of residents got out on foot and in vehicles to track down the source of the sound. What they found was an employee of the Dyersburg Street Dept. firing a propane air cannon at a residence in the 2700 block of Fairway Drive. According to Dyersburg Mayor John Holden the employee was shooting the cannon at the request of a resident to drive off roosting black birds.
Several residents were happy to find it wasn't someone shooting a shotgun, but were still perturbed at the noise being made. Chucky Moody, and his wife Vicki, have lived in the subdivision for over 20 years and got out to investigate the noise.
On Friday, June 29, a number of flightless Canada geese were illegally shot, killed, and some maimed at Pioneer Lake No. 5, which is just over a hundred yards away from where the air cannon was being shot.
The Moodys were concerned that considering the recent shooting of the geese the city could have warned them about firing the cannon.
"I don't appreciate it," said Vicki Moody. "We live in the city limits and we can't shoot fireworks out here so why should anybody be allowed to shoot off air cannons and guns? I don't pay as much money in taxes as I do to live out here and listen to this kind of noise. I don't think they should be disturbing the peace."
Holden said he received several complaints about the air cannon and drove to the location and told the employee to cease the firing. He added he was unaware the air cannon was going to be shot that evening and that it shouldn't have been done knowing the situation with the geese.
"It was bad timing," said Holden. "We will not be back there. We are going to discontinue the use of that service in that area until the geese situation is resolved."
The remaining Canada geese were frightened by the noise and swam to the center of Pioneer Lake No. 3, where they remained until well after the air cannon stopped.
The shooting incident involving the geese is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state officials expect charges to be filed.