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Letter: Burning the grandstand seems risky

Published 9:59am Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I want to voice my concerns about the notion of burning down the grandstand at the Fairgrounds.

The City of Austin doesn’t even allow open burning of leaves. Why would we allow anyone to purposely burn down a structure of this size in the middle of a residential neighborhood?

I believe Austin has a population of at least 60 percent senior citizens, most of whom I would assume have some health issues. Why would we want to endanger their health? This burn could smolder for days.

I am sure I don’t need to remind you we are in the middle of the worst and most widespread drought in 100 years. The idea that we would purposely start a fire under these conditions is ludicrous.

Another concern is the toxins, arsenic and other poisons that are in the wood and paint that make up the grandstand. What are the health issues that would arise from the burning of those materials and making them airborne?

As someone who lives less than four blocks away from the fairgrounds, I am very, very concerned about this idea.

I hope that you will reconsider and find another way to demolish this structure.

Susan Symes

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