While it may seem harmless, outdoor burning generates air pollution, which affects human health, and is the source of many odor and nuisance complaints. Open burning can also cause fires which lead to destruction of property and putting lives at risk.
Under Lancaster Township Code, it shall be unlawful for any person, either directly or indirectly, to ignite, kindle or maintain any bonfire or other fire, or authorize or permit any such fire to be ignited, kindled or maintained, on a public or private street, avenue, highway, road, alley or public or private land within the Township of Lancaster. The ordinance prohibits open burning of yard waste, burn barrels, camp fires, chimineas, etc. The exception is any fire of which the sole purpose is to cook or prepare food, provided that said fire is confined in a fireproof container.
Violations and penalties. Any person, whether as principal, agent or employee or otherwise, who violates or assists another in violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction before any District Justice or similar official having jurisdiction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment of said fine and costs, shall be committed to the Lancaster County Prison for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense for which a summary conviction may be brought.