Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News An overview photo of the burn pit located at the end of Reynolds Lane and maintained by the City of Hearne.
As one Hearne resident described, “smoke just covered the entire area all the way to the New Baden Road. The rancid odor was terrible and I still can not breathe.”
Dale Brannon lives on Reynolds Lane in Hearne, just about a tenth of a mile from a burn pit that is currently in use by the City of Hearne.
“The pit is for limbs, leaves and trees the city removes,” said City Manager Pee Wee Drake early Wednesday, but evidence would contradict that statement.
At the end of Reynolds Lane is a large fire pit, a pit that was filled with burning brush, trees and limbs, as should be according to Drake. Surrounding the pit is wire mesh from a matress box spring, old tires, remenates of plastic, household items and other toxic items made from plastics.