“In Atlanta, during the summer months, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels,” said Fire Marshal Stephen Hrustich, of the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services Community Risk Reduction Division, in a released statement.
”The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Therefore, open burning in metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas (including Gwinnett County) must be restricted during the summer months," he added.
The ban prohibits the burning of yard and land-clearing debris. There is a year-round ban on the burning of household garbage. The use of grills for outdoor cooking is allowed and does not require a permit, however, the use of grills on apartment building balconies is prohibited.
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