[SOLVED, INFORMATION BELOW] Messages started coming in on our tipline about 11:00 PM Sunday night asking about loud equipment on East 7th the 1400 bk stretching to St Louis.
We observed the loud machinery. They appeared to be City of Joplin vehicles. We called JPD communications dept to try and determine the cause of this late-night work. We checked the city twitter, city website and press release list.
“Good luck sleeping,” stated one message on #JLN tipline
This one confused us. So we went undercover. “I’m disguising myself to look like any normal person in the middle of the night with a backpack walking 7th Street. However I don’t have a BMX bike,” stated Becker.
“And this backpack is my daughters and it says ‘going to grandma’s for the weekend’,” but it allows me to look normal and get closer to the loud action.
The work was continuing into the early hours of Monday morning. We reached out to the city and have not heard back as of yet. We will update as soon as we have information available.
“Good luck sleeping,” one message on our #JLNtipline read. The loud noises started around 11:00 PM. We observed city vehicles but didn’t see a tweets or city updates on overnight work. CLICK for story and updates https://t.co/bkp2uA8Vm5 pic.twitter.com/wek4gg5Yl4— Joplin News First (@JoplinNewsFirst) April 29, 2019
Due to the late hour we reached out to the city and did not hear back until Monday morning. They updated their press releases Monday morning reflecting the work that began on Sunday. Thanks! CLICK HERE for the direct link to the city press releases