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File - Members of the Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir offers their joyful noise to an audience at Butler University.  (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

File – Members of the Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir offers their joyful noise to an audience at Butler University. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP/CBS Charlotte) — Neighbors of a Burlington church say its ceremonies are raising the dead, and their calls for its congregants to quiet down have gone unanswered.

Burlington’s city clerk says the Faith Builders International Church parishioners worship in a “hollow building” unlike more traditional brick and mortar structures. She cited neighbors’ complaints that drumming and loud singing can be heard from four to seven days per week and is amplified by the church’s shape and building materials.

Burlington Police Capt. Eric Kerns says police have responded to 43 noise complaints about the church since October. Some residents told council members they’re moving to quieter neighborhoods.

The church’s pastor could not be immediately reached for comment. But Kerns says the church has built a noise-reducing partition around its drum set in hopes of making worship services quieter.

Calls from CBS Charlotte to Capt. Kerns were not immediately returned.

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