LAURINBURG — Burn baby burn.
The Laurinburg Fire Department will host its fourth annual Christmas tree bonfire at Legion Park next Friday at 6 p.m.
The sanitation department began collecting live Christmas trees and will continue to pick up the trees that are placed curbside until Thursday.
Residents are asked to remove all Christmas ornaments and lights from the tree before it is placed at the curb. Those who live outside of Laurinburg may also drop off their live trees at the park before Jan. 13 to be burned along with the rest.
People should note that the tree burning is for live Christmas trees only — those wishing to discard artificial trees should put them out with their regular trash or on bulk item pick up day.
The fire department will supply coat hangers and marshmallows for roasting. Residents are encouraged to come out and have fun and fellowship with their neighbors and families. Bring chairs, blankets, friends, and food — such as hot dogs, graham crackers and chocolate to go along with the marshmallows — and enjoy the experience.
In addition to an opportunity to promote both literal and figurative warmth, the event will dispose of trees that would pose a significant fire hazard if allowed to dry out in local living rooms.
The trees go up in flames very quickly so residents are encouraged to get there early because once the firefighters light the evergreens it takes less than a minute for the pile to be completely engulfed.
The weather will warm up for the tree burning, with highs expected in the low 60s dipping down into the 40s once the sun goes down.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or email@example.com.