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Should Boston Crack Down on Illegal Deck Grills?

How can Boston identify and remove illegal grills before disaster strikes?

A South End roof deck , causing billowing smoke and snarled traffic in the neighborhood. An illegal grill on the roof deck caused the fire, according to the Boston Fire Department. It was the second illegal grill fire in two days; the department put out a Roslindale blaze Wednesday.

Spotting illegal grills is difficult from street level, but Bostonians in taller buildings know which neighbors have the contraband cookers and which don't.

Here are the city's rules for grills. Mostly they prohibit charcoal grills on any structure and place limits on gas grills.

What can Boston do to crack down on illegal grills? Are you willing to rat out your neighbors in the name of safety?

Or do you own a rooftop grill? Why do you keep the grill if it's a fire hazard?

Share your ideas in the comments section below.

[Editor's note: This piece is posted on all Boston Patches.]

Jay K. August 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
A thousand is not too many! If we try to engineer a perfectly safe society we'll never be able to do anything. We need to pay attention to the stats and strike the appropriate balance between freedom and security. Outlawing grills is just another step on the road to Boringtown.
mplo August 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Propane gas is much too explosive, and therefore too risky to have in areas where people live in very close proximities to each other.
paul August 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I've been grilling on the back deck for 20years without a problem and I have not seen a house fire on my street in 20 years. Stop telling me what to do in my own house.
Bette Task August 25, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Lucky, lucky YOU!!! Your time will come.
Jay K. August 25, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Get a home security system Paul, sounds like Bette is gonna burn down your house!!

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