If you live in Baltimore, your cookout is probably against the law. So says City Councilman Warren Branch (13th District). On Oct. 6, Branch introduced a bill to add penalties for violating this law—a $500 fine for "open cooking devices."
"People cooking on the porch, people cooking on the sidewalk, which can be a real hazard," Branch told the council. "We did research and found there is a law on the books, but it is not enforced."
And so it isn’t.
A Remington resident told of a neighbor who called 311 recently about an open fire in a neighbor's back yard. They were, she says, "told by a nasty operator that of course it was...