10:47am

Fri April 5, 2013
Health and Welfare

Couch Burning Poses Health Hazards

The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team will play Saturday in the Final Four, and Metro Police are warning fans to celebrate without lighting couches on fire, as fans are sometimes wont to do. West Virginia University lays claim to the tradition of lighting a couch on fire after the local team wins the big game…or loses a game…or even plays any game…ever. But the trend has spread. Last year, there was a string of couch burning across Lexington after the Kentucky Wildcats advanced throughout the NCAA tournament, and sports-related couch fires have been spotted in Michigan, California and Texas.

Couch burning in Morgantown, W.Va.
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