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Man arrested for cooking during burn

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –An Oklahoma City man spent a night in jail after cooking in his backyard last week.

Justin Popejoy said he was cooking pork chops for his family in a fire pit when police arrested him.

Use of a fire pit is a violation of the statewide burn ban.

Popejoy asked officers if he could receive a fine but was taken to jail instead.

Popejoy admits it was wrong to cook in an open-pit during the burn ban, but said he simply didn’t realize things were that serious.

 Popejoy said, “ I’ve been smelling people out cooking, and charcoaling, and I figured well, it wasn’t that bad”.

Popejoy doesn’t plan on doing any outside cooking anytime soon and hopes his story is a warning for his fellow Oklahomans.