Spokane council passes new noise ordinance

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane City Council passed a new noise ordinance Monday, prompted by downtown street buskers.

It can bar performers from making noise that rattles windows 100 feet away or is plainly audible on private property.

Council members say the limits are standard in other Washington cities and the new ordinance will be easier to enforce than current rules that require police to take a decibel reading.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/TpIxa7 ) downtown businesses pushed for the ordinance in response to the playing of Rick Bocook, a harmonica player who goes by Harpman Hatter.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com