The general rule was that no burning was permitted within the city except for fires used for cooking. In 2006, we noticed local department and hardware stores selling outdoor fire pits and patio fireplaces. Depending on the situation, the question, “Is burning permitted if I live in the city?” is no longer a simple “No”.
In 2007, the Fire Prevention Code was updated and the issue of open burning within the City of Hagerstown was updated to address the increasing use of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and similar devices. The following was adopted in Section 7: Chapter 98 of the code of the City of Hagerstown, §98-4 reads: