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Great balls of paint splattering people and property

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Residents of a Palm Beach County neighborhood say a paintball field just 20 feet from their home is causing damage to their property. Families say they feel like prisoners in their homes.

Spent Paintball Field and Pro Shop opened just two years ago, but because the business is located in Palm Springs, and the residents live in unincorporated Palm Beach County, the problem remains unsolved and in limbo, leaving neighbors with nowhere to turn.

"The balls hurt. I've been hit myself," said George Rodriguez.

The Rodriguez family says they moved into their home just four years ago.

"My husband put so much into this house; he's done so much to make this home beautiful," said Maria Rodriguez.

Two years after moving in, their home is now stained with splatters of paint from paintballs shooting over the wall of Spent Paintball Field. Green, white and yellow paint stains decorate the fence, windows and driveways.

"My roof has holes in it because when the paintballs hit the roof they leave a white film. The oils have eaten through my shingles and car paint," says George Rodriguez.

The unwanted paint job isn't just targeting his home. His neighbors, the Johnsons, are fed up, too.

The Johnsons say they feel like their peaceful neighborhood has been turned upside down since the field opened up.

Petitions were signed by people in the neighborhood but because the neighborhood is located in unincorporated Palm Beach County, and the business is in Palm Springs, they've had no luck in getting help.

"It's an ongoing battle. I keep calling because I'm tired of everything being destroyed around here," said Mary Johnson.

George's 10-year-old daughter says on the weekends she would like to play outside with her baby brother, but the noise and the fear of being a mistaken target keeps her inside.

"It gives me headaches, and I want to go outside, but I can't," said Mya Rodriguez.

"My fear is for them to get hit,"  says her mother, Maria.

The paintballs have already hit George while he was working in the yard.

'I'm a homeowner. What are my laws to protect me as a homeowner in this situation?" said George Rodriguez.

An attempt to get a comment from Paintball Field and Pro Shop was unsuccessful.

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