City of Lockport Forges Fire Pit Ban

Full story: WGRZ Buffalo 28
Those increasingly popular fire pits are popular in backyards. But more and more communities are banning them with complaints about smoke. Full Story
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Laura

Elma, NY

#1 Jul 4, 2007
i guess that the cities like to take away one of the few family things left around. my husband and i sit with our children outside and have a fire, it makes for good family time together. After all, i would rather have my children in my yard, than out on the streets where they could get into trouble. i do agree that some people do get dangerous with the fires, and that those people should be reprimanded. What people have to remember is to be safe with them.
Stacy - Lockport

United States

#2 Jul 4, 2007
Sometimes I smell my neighbors outside having a smoke, and just close the windows. It's their right even though I don't like smelling it. Would much rather close my window to someone's firepit than have them banned.
Karl

United States

#3 Jul 5, 2007
A small backyard fire can be dangerous and improper containment/burning or out-of-control flames should be extinguished. However, if you burn good dry wood such as pallets or hardwood, in a safely constructed device, there is no more smoke than when I cook ribs on my propane grill, which strangely enough according to the Lockport council reasoning, is not illegal.

So based on their health concerns, I guess the next step will be to ban backyard grilling of smoke generating items such as hamburgers and ribs.
Mom to 4

United States

#4 Jul 5, 2007
I have no problem with people who have small backyard fires but when they start burning things that give off putrid smoke.. I have a neighbor who burns wire to get the copper out. It gives off a horrible yellow smoke that fills our house. I finally called the fire department and they came out to see what he was burning.
donald Bragg

Buffalo, NY

#5 Jul 5, 2007
i dont agree with the ban because its whenn family gets together and hangout and talk about old times and telling there family kids what fun things they did when there young or what jokes they play. there are taking away one thing that familys get togethers....
donald Bragg

Buffalo, NY

#6 Jul 5, 2007
my question is ??? is there anything we can do ?????????
Leslie

United States

#7 Jul 5, 2007
Once again the few problem people and complainers are causing restrictions against the general population. Rather than police and city officials dealing with the actual problem it is easier to just ban it all together. I am glad I moved out of the city of Lockport.
Mom to 4

United States

#8 Jul 5, 2007
In other towns as long as you have a hotdog on a fork you can say you're using it for cooking. A friend who is a fireman told us that.
al the great aka dimwit

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Jul 5, 2007
isn't there enough air pollution?
trash mouth1

Buffalo, NY

#10 Jul 5, 2007
this crap is way out of hand. I can see isolated situations, for the love of mike, enough is enough! spoil the part for everyone, gotta say I live out here and found that lockport city people love to gripe about anything they can, cop callers, nose in everyones business, nice to your face and guess what? I know. this town begs for new people, with this action, consider some will say good bye due to enough is enough! whats next to say grilling, loud laughing, cigars, farting maybe? this mayor needs to go!
Michael

Cleveland, OH

#11 Jul 5, 2007
Leave it to the polititians to screw it up for the public once again. Why not put it up to city residents to make decisions that affect us. Why not show more concern for the neighborhoods that are delapitaded and filled with welfare sucking lazy residents that dont even own property. The common council should attempt to make decisions that affect the majority of the people not the minority.
donald Bragg

Buffalo, NY

#12 Jul 7, 2007
hey everyone the mayor veto it so we still can have fries wooooooooooohooooooooooooooooo ooooo
donald Bragg

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jul 7, 2007
fires sorry
Bill G

United States

#14 Jul 7, 2007
As a tax payer living in what is suppose to be "free country, I think this is ridiculous. Many people have commented that this is a fun family activity that handled responsibly causes no hardship to anyone; I would agree!! I have a fire pit which I use responsibly and will continue to use until their are specific guidelines in place that say otherwise . If this is the direction we are going in as a community then I ask, what is next? Permission to cook on the family grill for fear the smoke from cooking may offend someone? Where do we draw the line with respect to civil rights? What does it mean to own property in this country?
Most importantly where do the people of Lockport who appose this rule go to voice their opinion? I would love to see us do something different regarding making a decision like this, perhaps let the people decide rather then a government that seems to think that taking away our rights one by one have merit!!!
window man

Buffalo, NY

#15 Jul 14, 2007
sorry mayor for doubting you. Burn on........
bobd

Edmonton, Canada

#16 Jul 14, 2007
Bill G wrote:
As a tax payer living in what is suppose to be "free country, I think this is ridiculous. Many people have commented that this is a fun family activity that handled responsibly causes no hardship to anyone; I would agree!! I have a fire pit which I use responsibly and will continue to use until their are specific guidelines in place that say otherwise . If this is the direction we are going in as a community then I ask, what is next? Permission to cook on the family grill for fear the smoke from cooking may offend someone? Where do we draw the line with respect to civil rights? What does it mean to own property in this country?

Most importantly where do the people of Lockport who appose this rule go to voice their opinion? I would love to see us do something different regarding making a decision like this, perhaps let the people decide rather then a government that seems to think that taking away our rights one by one have merit!!!
You own the property, but you don't own the air.
Smoke from fires is irritating to people with respritory problems and smells awful. Barbeques are not as toxic and are rarely on all hours of the night such as firepits.
Buy some property out in the bush and go have a fire!
bobd

Edmonton, Canada

#17 Jul 14, 2007
You own the property, but you don't own the air.
Smoke from fires is irritating to people with respritory problems and smells awful. Barbeques are not as toxic and are rarely on all hours of the night such as firepits.
Buy some property out in the bush and go have a fire!
Paul

Saskatoon, Canada

#18 Aug 27, 2007
Fire pits are an issue of air quality and health (not smell). All wood (properly dried or not) produces harmful material when burned. The amount of "stuff" that enters the air varies with the burning device. Open fires produce fumes that have an immediate impact on the health of not all, but many persons. This is about health, especially so for those sensitive to this pollution.
smile it could be you

United States

#19 Aug 28, 2007
paul and bobd Please stay in Canada we like to burn its a harmless family activity that we have done for forty something years Heck whats next you won,t be able to pee in your own backyard????
Rob R

East Amherst, NY

#20 Aug 25, 2013
Paul -- if what you write is the basis for the policy, then the basis is flawed and it ought to be revisited. Here's why.

It's not illegal to have and use the working fireplace in your home, right? Where does the smoke go from your fireplace -- yup.. the chimney, and the air outside. The smoke from an indoor fireplace is no different than the smoke from an outdoor fire pit.

So.. it seems arbitrary and unnecessarily restricting to tell people they can't enjoy the beautiful Lockport skies while toasting marshmallows with family.. that they must do so locked inside their houses.

Seriously -- doesn't make sense.

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