2 Kent residents charged with illegal burning

FELTON — Natural Resources Police Officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit recently arrested two Kent County residents on multiple illegal burning charges, spokeswoman Joanna Wilson said.

On April 4, DNREC ECU officers responded at the request of the Felton Fire Company to investigate a large fire at a property on Sandtown Road.

Fire companies from Harrington, Greensboro, Maryland and Goldsboro, Maryland also responded to assist, Ms. Wilson said.

Muhammad Iran, 29, and Muhammad Asim, 33, both of Felton, were each cited at the scene for one count of each of causing or allowing the illegal open burning of refuse; illegal open burning in the conduct of a salvage operation; failure to give prior notice to the local fire call board for open burning; and unauthorized burning.

Each charge carries a minimum fine of $100 each.

DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit also reminds residents that the state’s open burning ban is in effect May 1-Sept. 30. Residents can find more information on open burning on the DNREC Air Resources Web Page at dnrec.alpha.delaware.

DNREC encouraged Delawareans to report open burning violations to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

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