Philly Block Party Gives Dumpster Diving a Whole New Meaning
If you're looking for a way to cool off this summer, here's what not to do. Don't rent a dumpster and turn it into a makeshift pool -- especially if you live in Philadelphia.
After a group of organizers decided to do just that as part of their annual block party, the city issued a warning to the rest of its residents in a statement from Karen Guss, the Communications Director for the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
"We are not screwing around, Philly," Guss said in the statement after making it clear that no permits would be issued for this purpose.
However, it wasn't so much the fact that they filled the dumpster with water that seemed to be the cause of concern (though safety was a big one). It seemed the city was more concerned that a fire hydrant was used, which apparently is illegal and could have limited the resources available to firefighters if an actual fire broke out.
One of the parties organizers, Justyn Myers, spoke with USA Today and explained how they came up with the idea.
"Every year we try to better ourselves," he dished. "Last year my pickup truck was a pool, so this year we were like the pickup was cool, but it wasn’t that big, so what could be bigger."
"Everybody that was there thought it was the best idea ever, they were like 'I cant believe that we haven't done this before,'" Myers added.
Well, it looks like this was the first and last time Myers and friends will be getting away with this one -- next year should be interesting.