The City Is Giving Up an Awesome Bonfire Opportunity

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Hurricane Sandy took down 15,000 trees in the city, and there's just no need for that much mulch. So: "The city’s Environmental Protection Department said that whatever cannot be reused as fuel, mulch or landfill cover would most likely be burned at Floyd Bennett Field," the New York Times reports. But before you start stockpiling marshmallows, there's this: "The controlled burning process involves an air curtain burner, the size of a shipping container, that creates a curtain of air over the debris to keep embers and ash inside," so no bonfire, but instead some kind of "safe" contraption that produces a "minimal level of dangerous pollutants." Have it your way, nanny state.