Pennsylvania Mayor Burned for Trying to Ban Evening Grilling

The mayor of Canonsburg caused constituents to get a little hot by banning outdoor grilling at night, but he then rescinded the order Thursday and said he was only trying to close a loophole in the borough burning ordinance.

Mayor Anthony Colaizzo issued an executive order Monday outlawing all recreational burning until further notice. He also tacked on a ban on grilling after 8 p.m.

The measure drew angry rebukes from some of Canonsburg's 8,800 residents.

"There are many more things that need to be watched other than if I make a hot dog or a piece of kielbasa after 8," said resident Rose Terkey, 51.

Colaizzo said Thursday that he added the grilling ban because some people who burn refuse or other items at night make sure they're holding food over the flames so they can claim an exception for "recreational burning" when police arrive.

"They put on a wiener or a marshmallow or something like that, and my boys can't do anything to stop it," Colaizzo said.

"We don't have a very affluent community," Colaizzo said. "A lot (of people) don't even have air conditioning and a lot of them can't sleep with the windows open at night because of the fumes from recreational burning and the grilling."

Colaizzo, 77, had intended his burning ban to last at least until borough council meets to discuss the matter Tuesday night, but he rescinded it Thursday, minutes after The Associated Press called to ask him about the hubbub.

"I've been grilled enough," Colaizzo said.