Hammond council regulates open burning
HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring residents who want to burn leaves or trash to get a permit to do so and to conduct the burn in an underground incinerator.
Louise Bostic told the council Monday she feared the new regulations will be a hindrance to people trying to clear overgrown lots. She said she worked all summer to clear a lot she owns and she burned some of the debris in an above-ground incinerator.
But Fire Chief John Thomas said such open burning was never allowed in the city.
The issue was raised at an earlier meeting when Councilman Lemar Marshall said some of his constituents were confused about rules regulating the setting of open fires in the city.