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08/23/04

Explosions Still Rock Gulfport House

Les Holland has documented every incident that rattled his Mosswood Drive home. "You don't see anything," he said. "What you hear is just like taking the back of your hand and slapping the daylights out of the side of the wall."

At the Hollands' home, that sound is followed by bursting pipes. For parts of 14 months, the Hollands have asked those questions. Water often sprays out of the sink, soaking floors and furniture. Occasionally, landscaping rocks fly through the neighborhood.

On August 10th, Holland recorded 16 separate explosions that sent him over the edge. So, he called both the Gulfport Fire Department and city code enforcement investigators.

An August 11, 2004 letter from Gulfport's building official startled the Hollands. The city realized it had never done a final inspection on this four year old house after it was built. Consequently, it had never been authorized for occupancy. The next paragraph of the letter was why Gulfport posted a keep out sign on the Hollands' front door. "This structure poses an immediate hazard to life safety and therefore is ordered vacated immediately," Holland read from the letter.

The dumbfounded homeowner said, "It was kind of like cutting both your legs off, you just fall to the floor. All of a sudden the doors are going to get locked on me on September 10th. It's not a good feeling. It's not a good feeling."

Until somebody can determine why the walls rattle, and the pipes explode, the Hollands must move. Temporarily, they could end up in a house just two doors down from the shaky situation at 14305 Mosswood Drive.

Adams Homes built the Hollands' house. According to the city, it was responsible for obtaining the missing final inspection and the missing occupancy report. Steve Maggio is an attorney for the homebuilder. He would only say Adams Homes was looking into the issues raised by the city code enforcement letter.

by Brad Kessie

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