MSU issues burn ban for tailgaters

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, October 27, 2016

STARKVILLE — State and local fire officials have directed Mississippi State University to enforce the state burn ban, already in effect in Oktibbeha County, during Saturday’s home football game against Samford.

MSU Police Chief Vance Rice said the language of the ban prohibits the use of charcoal, wood pellets, or other fire cooking methods that produce coals and embers. Gas grills are allowed, but users are expected to maintain maximum fire safety.

Under state law, any person who knowingly and willfully violates a burn ban is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined between $100 and $500. Fires that damage land or properties and are started in violation of a burn ban bring legal liability to the person who started the fire.

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“We hope our fans and guests will respect the state burn ban while on our campus,” said Rice. “MSUPD has been asked by the Starkville Fire Department to diligently enforce the ban, and we intend to do that. We ask for the patience and cooperation of our fans to help maintain a safe and enjoyable gameday experience.”