...was grilling once at a rental house. Up on top of a hill. Wrought Iron fencing. I'm up there grilling away and I hear sirens in the distance... they are getting closer... and closer... and sure enough, I see them turn from the main road on to our road down bottom of the hill... they come about 3/4 up the hill... stop... get out... and yell up to me... "are you just Barbequeing?"...
"Alright... thanks...." and away they go...
The area I live in frowns upon burn barrels but for the longest time they really never gave two s**ts unless somebody called it in. I had one I utilized for disposing of various types of lawn waste once or twice a year. Mind you it sat on a 20ft x 15ft concrete pad on top of a platform of cinder blocks nowhere near anything flammable other than my grass - which I had a hose handy for because you never know.
One neighbor in particular being "that" neighbor hated when I used said burn barrel so she eventually called the authorities. She told them quite a few tall tales about how I am always burning stuff with it and I was dangerous and reckless yadda yadda. It was obvious she was full of crap but technically my barrel wasn't "legal" so I got a warning for it.
No biggie! I always wanted a built in brick BBQ Pit/Outdoor Chimney kind of deal so I designed myself something and bought some fire bricks and went to work. It had my burn barrel at the bottom as a "catch can" with a grate above it I could put wood or coals on and then cooking grate above that. All built to code.
She calls again. They arrive and find nothing wrong. She proceeded to call again a few more times because I started using it to actually cook with (why not it was kinda cool) and she eventually got cited for filing false reports and being a nuisance caller.