More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

Natasha Frost
More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

As dreamlike as that all may be, fall sounds like a nightmare—and that’s because of leaf blowers. Popular in the US since the early 1990s, leaf blowers are loud enough to be heard many homes away. The loudest models may have noise levels of up to 112 decibels—louder than a plane taking off, a freight train, or a live rock concert.