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Neighbor's Choice of Road Material Brings Stink, Maggots

And Rhode Island residents aren't happy about it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2017 6:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Crushed seashells are one of the best surfaces for making paths and driveways on your property, according to this helpful landscaping website. But some Rhode Islanders are learning the hard way it's ideal if the shells are cleaned first. Residents in Tiverton say a neighbor recently dumped thousands of unwashed clam shells on his property to build an access road, KTRK reports. Now, with the sun coming out after a few days of rain, the smell is becoming unbearable. "Some parts still [have] the meat, so now it's decaying. It's like bodies decaying," one neighbor tells WJAR. "So, you've got about a million bodies decaying."

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Neighbors tells CBS Boston they asked the homeowner to please use washed clam shells, but he refused. Now flies and maggots are swarming the smelly scene. The town manager has issued a cease and desist order, and police and the state Department of Environmental Management are investigating, but the shells are still there—and along with them the bothersome stink. Neighbors are circulating a petition to get the shells removed. The owner of the property declined to speak to reporters. (Read more shells stories.)

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