Ordinary BBQ’s cause unnecessary fire calls in Hoboken

It seems like since the summer started, there have been at least 100 fire calls to various apartments in Hoboken – because paranoid residents smelled their neighbors having a barbecue somewhere nearby. Whether it’s a backyard or balcony, each incident was a waste of city time and resources.

You’d think that people can smell the difference between a bonafide fire – and smokey cooking.

Although, I have to say – a couple calls may have had some merit, as a few residents think it’s cute to cook on fire escapes, which is a no-no.

Do you think there should be a penalty for people who call in fires that were unverified?