Fire Officials Conduct Safety Inspection Of Zuccotti Park, Remove Generators And Gasoline Cans

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protection or pulling the plug?   

Protesters who woke up to the chill Friday morning were greeted by fire officials conducting a safety inspection of Zuccotti Park.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The FDNY said they were looking for safety violations like generators and fuel. Specifically at issue were propane tanks and gas generators being used to keep the protesters warm. The inspection, involving dozens of firefighters accompanied by police, was overseen by Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano.

Protesters turned over six generators and a dozen of gasoline cans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. He reiterated that the protesters can stay as long as they want, provided that they follow the law.

“Stay within the law, you have a right to do it. Break the law, police department knows exactly what to do — they’ll do what they’re supposed to do,” Bloomberg said, speaking on his weekly radio show on WOR.

From this point on, no matter how cold it gets, the generators will be forbidden, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported. Some protesters say their generators aren’t a danger to the park or to the people living there.

“We know what we’re doing, it’s safe here,” said one demonstrator. “We have fire extinguishers if there were ever a fire to break out. We’ve been going on 47 days and a fire never broken out. We’re on point, we know what we’re doing.”

“They were not being used to heat,” said another protester.

Some protesters said they will try and get other generators to bring into the park, while others said they will look for different power sources, which may not be as safe as generators.

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Christopher Guerra, from San Franciso, Calif. is wrapped in a blanket to stay warm as he participates in the Occupy Wall Street protest at the Zuccotti Park encampment on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Earlier this week, fire officials had raised concerns to the city about potential fire hazards in the park, especially as the temperature drops. Protesters are using tents, sleeping bags and more to help them stay warm.

“Twelve hours in advance, we could have had something else set up here, but right now we’re blacked out,” said a demonstrator.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

It will be interesting to see how the protesters cope this weekend, when New York City may get its first snow of the season – even  if it is expected to be just trace amounts.

Some of the protesters say they think this is the beginning of the city’s move to evict them, but the city says that its action was for public safety and that nothing else is currently planned.

“This wasn’t about public safety. This is pretty obviously they’re trying to hit us where it hurts,” protester Pauly Kostora said. “I think it’s intelligent or strategic because now we have no electricity.”

Meanwhile, the protesters once again took their show on the road. They’re marched through Midtown, heading to the headquarters of Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and JPMorganChase.

About 400 protesters handed over letters they said were from Americans worried about the economic situation in the country and those struggling to pay mortgages and credit card debt.  Letters were also read out loud as workers from those banks watched from their office windows.  Some protesters were even dressed in costumes, including some in pirate outfits and a marching band.

Saturday, the group is planning to protest in front of City Hall as part of a civil rights march.

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  • lightning

    we may not agree on ows but Im sure we all agree if gov”t stops them it is just one more crushing blow on our rights as a free person, we need to stay strong comand respect and accountabiility

  • NavyOne

    A naval officer’s (and former bike messenger’s) take:

  • cliff

    good to see the dirtbaggers being greedy, whiny little zhits. They have taken over this park and will not allow people in the neighborhood to use it. That is GREED my friends. Hope they all freeze

  • rikki

    I have never seen so many Communist sympathizers before….Only a good Commie would relish in the fact OWS has no generators no lights and no heat…

    Heil….hit ler bros…..stand up for the brown shirts….get those troublemakers out of a public park

    cant have anyone upset the staus quo and ask serious questions….can we?

    • Amtracmarine

      Anyone can ask questions rikki. It’s the answers that are harder to come by.

  • Idiots Idiots

    Some of these protestors are paid to be there egging more idiots to join.

  • The Realist

    How can there be “safety inspections”? The protesters are from OUT OF TOWN, which gives them (1) absolute priority in use of public spaces and (2) full exemption from all laws.

  • mike

    I’m glad I don’t live near the park cuz I’d have to release 5 dozen large rats and thousands upon thousands of water bugs discreetly into the park..

  • Nairb Nitram

    More smoke & mirrors we all know the problem is Globalization & that Congress is approving trade deal that allow Multi-national corporation to send our Industry & jobs overseas to exploit cheap/slave labor in poor & communist countries & to skirt environmental responsibilities. Our Government is corrupt & you all know it. Congress never addresses this because they know its true. They are all TRAITORS and they know it!

    • vinnie

      Nairb…wholeheartedly it is deceit of a foul order. The corporate media, the idiot policemen.What was worse: yesterday Whirlpool cut 5,000 jobs in the US of course to go find slave labor elsewhere. The mayor is scheming anyway possible to demoralize the protestors to appease his rich girlfriend and her cronies who own the park. Im not surprised, but I support the occupation and the hate must come out..meaning we all have to show our contempt at this system and the way we are treated inhumanely to provide for ourselves and loved ones. Im not saying down with the system but true moral accountability.

  • Nairb Nitram

    The one time I did post here it was censored & didn’t appear, Just like Yahoo. So much for me ever trusting what the Media has tom say.

  • EasterBunny

    jews run Hollywood

    • EasterBunny

      Meant to say the Federal Reserve. Was thinking of what the late Marlon Brando said on a few occasions.

  • Rick

    I can’t wait to see how dedicated and loyal to the cause these pampered,smelly idiots are after a few snowflakes fall. I bet there will be a stampede exiting the park so they can get back to their warm dry rooms with the college banners on the walls.

    • Nairb Nitram

      I’m sure your keeping warm by sucking tit in Congress you globalist traitors


    Or if you wanted to do something constructive for the country as a whole, you could do a surprise inspection of the Federal Reserve.

  • Jim Callahan

    Is there anyone who can donate solar panels and batteries to Occupy sites around the country? We really shouldn’t be burning fossil fuels. We can recharge by day and run at night. Need power to maintain LiveStream. Numerous Ocupy sites to choose from — see OccupyTogether.

    • Tom

      go ask china

  • liz


    • Joe Schmo

      What’s the matter? They made your doorman late and had to open it yourself? OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you ever cope?………..

      • DOCSRUS

        Hey Joe…..Was it her polished mannerisms or civilized deameanor that gave her away?!

        I just thought she was a belligerant drunk.

      • liz

        I have the same Doorman that Al Sharpton, Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon Have Joe!
        Joe yoi really are a Schmo!

  • antimsmnews

    The occupy protester have collected over $400,000 in donations so far.

    Yet the homeless are shunned from eating there.

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    You can get more stats on the protest at my website:


      “Yet the homeless are shunned from eating there”.

      Just the rabid ones from what I understand.

      Im sur eyou have a fine website but ive found the live feeds at & to be much more informative.

  • jay Pee

    I am so glad I am a Republican

    • KPMc

      I’m glad I made a conscious choice to be an independent when I registered to vote at 18 and am able to think for myself unlike the lemmings on either side that follow blindly.

      You’re all a bunch of morons!

  • Wolf


    • The Realist

      They don’t WANT jobs because accepting a job (or allowing protesters who have jobs) would undermine their claim that there are no jobs available.

  • karen

    generators, fuels of whatever kind, the presence of many people compacted in a small space is a formula for disaster. somebody yells fire in the middle of the night and you have a stampede and multiple injuries – broken bones, soft tissue injuries, burns. removing the generators and fuel sources was the right thing to do. i work in health care and have seen trauma. burn injuries are probably the worst – especially 2nd & 3rd degree. not only did these items pose a potential risk for those occupying the park but also the residents and businesses in close proximity. i support the action taken for the greater good. by the way, do these people have health insurance or will they exhaust free care monies within local hospitals?

    • Negative Ned

      The fuel was properly contained. Using your logic, cars that use gasoline should removed the streets when not in use. The generators were used to run lights at night; the FDNY actually contributed to an unsafe environment by removing them.

      • Concerned Citizen

        The containers of fuel were not properly stored and the fire extinguishers were right next to the generators. If there was a issue they would not have been able to get to them to use them. Saying since cars use gasoline should not removed from the street is using an extreme form of logic that extremist groups have been using throughout history, so you might not want to lump yourself in that group.

        With that many people in such a limited space having plastic canisters of gasoline is a fire hazard. I walk past the park every day and see plenty of people smoking and it only takes on cigarette tossed the wrong way and you will have a major incident on your hands. If that happens you can bet that the blame will be put on the city and not OWS.

  • Exposo

    Occupy the NYSE and stay there.
    It will be warmer than the street.

  • Summarex

    I have a lot of respect for firemen and am trying to keep it. But the NYFD should not be running around doing police state work. Leave that to the animals in the NYPD.

    • Alvin

      I agree. The fire department was delivering a political message, at the behest of Bloomberg. This had nothing to do with safety.

  • p8nt

    America was founded by people who wanted to change. They were labelled as traitors and terrorists. How is all this different from what is happening now?? Perhaps, these are signs that the country, its government, and its people are heading in a bad direction, and its time for change to occur.
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure” – Thomas Jefferson

    • John Mason

      “Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious,” according to Oscar Wilde.

      • Connery

        This is more enjoyable than my average day. Reading philosophy, avoiding g@ng r@pe in the washrooms… though that’s less of a problem these days. Maybe I’m losing my sex appeal.

    • Amused but not misled

      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure” –

      I think Mohammed Atta said the same thing. lol

      • Sherman Hemsley

        If I paid you to think, you could cash your check at the penny arcade — George Jefferson

  • DaEmph

    I give the OWS protesters credit for having heart to stick this out, sometimes you have to take a stand on things or you will fall for anything, people in the 50’s-70’s fought,rioted, gave up lives for things they strongly believed in.
    In this world today, people have gotten soft and take whatever is dished out to them, think about it, if you been taking, eating and shovelin’ crap from lobbyist, government, etc….after awhile you get used to the “taste” and expect things like it is or feel “its just the way it is”. Pretty much just how politics and media “brainwash” you into thinking one way or another, liberal and conservative do it all the time, but says who? grow a pair and speak up, the people at OWS are only speaking on things people want to say or really think, but won’t take actions.
    I’m glad they’re making things uncomfortable or rattling a few cages…now you know how it feels. Now will they be successful in their message? Maybe, maybe not..who’s to say. Nothing beats a failure, but a try!

  • young wild OWS protester

    As long as they don’t take away my beer….

  • pete

    These protesters are putting their well being on the line to protest against the fraud and corruption of the banks, the international cartells, and our puppet politicians, get it, you knuckleheads!!! They are doing the dirty work for you ass…s. Still do not get it!! Just wait until it hits you, then you will complain, but there will be nobody left to listen to you, moron!!! Now the indentured servants of Bloomberg are picking on them like vultures.

  • Joe Schmo

    Ok. They don’t want the protesters breaking the law. The same laws that were created by the politicians primarily to protect themselves as well as their rich buddies. I SEE.

    • Schmoe Protestors

      Your name fits you. I see.

  • EDrews

    This is still America, and you still have the right to protest and speak freely. Having said that, neither of those freedoms comes with the freedome in infringe on other’s freedoms, or ignore the rules of behavior set up by the park owners, break the law, obstruct traffic, or violate fire code/regulations. What about the rights of the people who live and work in the area? Do thay have the right to use the park? Do they have the right to enjoy the normal sights and sounds of NYC? Do the businesses in the area still have a rught to do business? A recent news story indicated that the protesters are actually increasing the possibility that their businesses can’t survive. Do the protesters have a right to drive any business, out of business? Remember, Zuccotti Park is PRIVATE property (owned and maintained by Brookfield Proterties). By violating the rules of conduct in that park, the protesters are potentially subject to being the object of a trespassing complaint.

    As a protester, before you start claiming you have all kinds of rights, make sure you aren’t violating someine else’s rights to claim yours.

  • michaelfury
  • Danny

    Welcome to the new America. You still have the right to protest. As long as everybody agrees to it. Even those that you are protesting against. Viva la fascism!

  • Slim Pickens

    Freedom of Speech will not be tolerated.

    • Amused but not misled

      But acting like an a-hole will be tolerated.

      Ought to look it up- The law does not regulate the message. Only the method used to deliver it.

      Anybody crapping in your vestibule to exercise their free speech rights? :)

  • Jim

    It’s amazing that when people exercise their First Amendment right cause so much venom from a few posters, or maybe it’s just one or two paid to post by the Koch Brothers. This is still The United States of America last I checked.

    • EMIL

      Much better that George Soros is paying for this. Lemmings of the World..UNITE!!!

  • DanTe

    My 28 y.o. son refuses o get a job and still lives with me until I threw him out last month. He became one of the protesters. I hope Mayor Bloomberg allows them to stay.

    • TomNJ

      Why do I get the feeling that this is the background of a lot of the protesters

  • Goosey

    This is just another underhanded tactic to drive the protesters out..Big Money must be gotting nervous..zkepp up the good work march on and on and on..kudos to you all..

    • vik

      GO THE F HOME!!! WE DO NOT WANT YOUR FILTHY FECES COVERED A$$E$ AROUND HERE!!!! Go NYPD!! Don’t forget the tear gas!!!

      • Todd & Meagan


        wipe me.

    • Go Go Home

      You have it all wrong – Protestors need to go home. They need to make themselves first useful to their family and then society. Neither is getting accomplished sleeping in the dirt and creating fire hazards. Just because it has not occur does not mean they’re a danger to themselves.

      • Marie

        Right on!!

    • AV

      Hey Goosey why don’t you get your butt out there too, oh your in your nice warm house…! and I guess safety is on your back burner….

    • Amtracmarine

      When have cans of gas cans plastic tarps,propane drugs and booze been a safe combonation butt-munch??

    • Amused but not misled

      Big Money Nervous? They could care less. Get real!

  • Jerry Frey

    “At its root is the simple fact that the Wall Street banks over the past quarter-century have done none of the things that a financial sector should do. They have not helped preserve the thriving economy that America once enjoyed. They have not funded our boldest new companies. (That’s fallen to venture capitalists.) They haven’t provided the financing to maintain our infrastructure, nor ponied up the capital for manufacturing to modernize and grow here (as opposed to in China). Instead, they’ve grown fat on the credit they extended when Americans’ incomes stopped rising. They’ve grown plump on proprietary trading and by selling bad deals to suckers. (Citigroup, like Goldman before it, just agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle charges that it defrauded investors.”

    • tommy

      You hit the nail right on the head Jerry!!!

      • Jerry Who

        lol — WRONG. Jerry needs a hit to the head. Sputtering nonsenses he cannot even explain correctly.

    • vik

      Go tell your Fleabagging Friends to take that unexplainable $500K , go rent some buses and go camp out in front of the White House and Capitol Hill. Or better yet, pay back the babysitters and diaper changers since last month.

    • laurie

      Bravo Jerry!

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