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Couch Burning Leads Morgantown To Ban Upholstered Outdoor Furniture

The City of Morgantown, WV has banned the use of upholstered furniture outdoors in the hopes of putting a stop to couch burning.

West Virginia fans have one of the most unusual celebration traditions in the country. After a big Mountaineer win, fans in Morgantown, WV take to the streets and torch their couches.

However, Morgantown city officials would like to see the tradition extinguished. On Tuesday they unanimously passed a law that bans upholstered furniture outdoors.

Jeff Mikorski, the Morgantown City Manager, cited the excessive celebration as the reason for the new law.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve had over 3,000 street fires because of the quick ability to bring furniture from porches and put it into the streets and put them on fire,” Mikorski said.

Violators of the new law (and I’m sure there will be) will first receive a written warning, but could be fined as much as $500.

This isn’t the first time officials  have tried to curb fans from burning their furniture. In September of 2011 the city of Morgantown announced that they would begin persecuting couch burning as a felony with a conviction carrying a mandatory $1,000 fine, and up to three years behind bars.

Something tells me that if drunk college kids aren’t deterred by a felony charge, a city property ordinance isn’t going to have much effect.

– Cover Photo Credit: Couch Burning | Flickr | Steven Leggett


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