[HISTORY: Adopted City of Norwalk Common Council 3-23-1971, effective 3-29-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is declared that the operation of motor vehicle junkyards, as the same are defined in Chapter 406 of the General Statutes of Connecticut, 1958 Revision, within the City of Norwalk, shall be carried out in such manner as will not endanger the public health, safety and welfare of its inhabitants.
No metal-cutting or torching operations using heat generated by any apparatus or equipment utilizing gaseous or liquid fuels or electricity shall be carried on at any time in any motor vehicle junkyard, as such term is defined in this ordinance, except under all of the following conditions:
All such operations shall be conducted only in an open area separated from all combustible construction or materials by a clearance or buffer open space of at least 10 feet all around. In addition, when, in the opinion of the Fire Marshal, considerations of safety shall require the same, all combustible construction or materials shall be protected by noncombustible shields or covers from possible sparks, hot metal or oxide.
Immediately prior to, and immediately following the completion of, each cutting operation, all combustibles in, on, about or within the objects being cut or dismantled shall be soaked with water by the motor-vehicle junkyard owner or operator or agent thereof.
A charged hose of at least 1/2 inch diameter, connected to the public water supply, in length sufficient to discharge water upon all portions of the open area described in Paragraph A above, shall be maintained continually in all motor vehicle junkyards by the motor vehicle junkyard owner or operator. Such connection may be made to a private water supply in lieu of the public water supply, as above required, provided that the Fire Marshal shall have certified the same to be substantially equivalent to the public water supply.
Dry chemical fire extinguishers, having a total capacity of at least 100 pounds [none of which shall have a capacity of less than 25 pounds], in operating condition, shall be maintained continually at the open area described in Paragraph A, above, by the motor vehicle junkyard owner or operator.
It shall be the responsibility and duty of each owner or operator of such motor vehicle junkyard to insure that only such individuals as are capable of performing such cutting operations in a safe manner shall be permitted to conduct and perform the same.
The Fire Marshal shall make at least semiannual inspections of all motor vehicle junkyards for the purpose of enforcing this ordinance, and shall make such additional inspections as he may deem necessary and proper in the protection of the public safety.
Conviction of any violation of this ordinance by any person shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500. The officers and directors of any corporation owning or operating a motor vehicle junkyard shall be deemed to be the owner or operator thereof, within the meaning of this ordinance.