California town gets gold fever as would-be miners dig in sewers – Los Angeles Times

It started as rumor: A couple of people ventured into the storm drains below the streets of Auburn, Calif., and struck gold.

Now town and police officials have a problem on their hands: Gold fever in the sewers.

Police have found several people in the drains digging for treasure. None of them were arrested — and not one person has hit the jackpot, Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn said.

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But the would-be miners are causing a ruckus for the businesses above, where people can hear loud banging sounds from the storm drains, which can run a quarter-mile to 100 yards long.

People are also worried that the digging could destabilize the drainage system and cause the streets above to buckle, and maybe even collapse.