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Know the Risks - Open Burning Incidents in South Carolina

Open burning is risky, dangerous and unpredictable. Each year countless open burning incidents occur in our state. Open burning imposes a serious threat to our health and environment.

A simple mistake can lead to irreversible consequences such as costly property damage, extensive environmental damage, and injuries or fatalities.

Do you need to report open burning?

Here are a few recent incidences that have taken place in South Carolina:

  • February 2008
  • Near I-20 in Aiken County
  • Approximately 300 tires burnt along with over 30 acres of pine trees
Tires on Fire in Aiken County
Tires on Fire in Aiken County
Open Burning in Aiken County
Open Burning in Aiken County

  • March 2007
  • Marion County
  • Facility caught their salvage yard on fire as a result of open burning
Salvage yard on fire in Marion County, showing smoke and affected area
Salvage yard on fire in Marion County
Salvage yard on fire in Marion County, dark black smoke
Open Burning in Aiken County


Examples of Open Burning Violations Previously Investigated by DHEC:

Piled Landclearing Debris Photo (Click to Enlarge)
Piled land clearing debris
Miscellaneous Garbage Photo (Click to Enlarge)
Copper Wire and Miscellaneous garbage
Household Garbage Photo (Click to Enlarge)
Burn barrel with household garbage
Vegetative Materials and Trash Photo (Click to Enlarge)
Vegetative material and trash pile

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