**UPDATED 3/12/2009**

In response to couch-burning incidents that were reported in the wake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh City Council, in a preliminary vote, has unanimously agreed upon an ordinance prohibiting home owners from keeping upholstered furniture designed for indoor use in any unenclosed area outside of their homes. Violators would face a fine ranging from $200.00 – $500.00. Although the measure passed the preliminary vote unanimously, some members were reluctant to limit homeowners’ rights.

For more information, go to:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09071/955013-53.stm

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/18907469/detail.html

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/citywalkabout/archive/2009/03/05/porch-sitting-may-get-a-little-harder.aspx