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Effort seeks to legalize portable fire pits in Grand Rapids

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An effort seeks to legalize portable fire pits in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Daniel Geurink started the petition last year seeking to allow backyard campfires.

City Commissioner Jon O'Connor says it's "an American tradition to be able to sit in your backyard with friends and enjoy a fire."

City ordinance currently prohibits recreational fires along with open burning of leaves, yard waste and garbage. The fire department says recreational fires pose a hazard and create smoke that can disturb neighbors.

Geurink wants Grand Rapids to allow wood fires in above-ground containers as long as they are controlled, attended when lit and at least 10 feet from all decks and combustible structures.

He says the hope is to have a change approved by Memorial Day.

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