Morgantown, W. Va. bans outdoor furniture to prevent fires after games

Wednesday April 8th, 2015

The Morgantown, W. Va., city council has passed an ordinance banning outdoor upholstered furniture in response to fans setting fires following West Virginia University football and basketball games, reports

The law calls for a ban of having or burning upholstered furniture on exterior properties.

Those who violate the law will be given a written warning before any citation is issued. A fine of up to $500 can be imposed.

Morgantown City Manager Jeff Mikorski said more than 3,000 street fires have been set in the last decade following sporting events, according to 

Police had to use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds after thousands of fans rioted and burned furniture in Morgantown after the Mountaineers football team upset then fourth-ranked Baylor 41-27 on Oct. 18.

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The school ended up expelling three students for “various acts of misconduct” following the game.

Mikorski said that previous attempts to get the law passed were rejected by a judge. The new furniture ban is now under Morgantown’s property maintenance laws rather than tied to the city's health code.

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