Langlois said he tried to organize a supervised bonfire with the town this year, to no avail. He said he hopes to host a pig roast instead.
“It’s very depressing. We’d like to go back to the old ways and have somebody supervise it,” he said.
Scituate Fire Chief Richard Judge said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with residents this year.
“I don’t anticipate them even attempting to [break the rules]. Last year, 98 percent of people were compliant,” Judge said.
Officials said people should not forget the impetus behind the restrictions — a March 2012 fire in Humarock that spread rapidly among four houses, destroying them within minutes.
The bonfires that dot the coastline every year were also getting increasingly out of hand, Judge said. The fires were attracting tens of thousands of people to the small town — particularly Humarock — worrying public safety officials concerned with getting emergency personnel in and out of the neighborhood quickly.
Scituate Police Chief Brian Stewart said Scituate isn’t the right place for such mass gatherings.
“We don’t want to spoil anybody’s fun,” he said. “But there is nowhere along our coastline . . . in Scituate that lends itself to all of a sudden having tons of people coming in there and blocking up the roads because of some type of illegal activity.”
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