Monsey Fire Dept. holds tradition of burning bread before Passover

The Jewish tradition of burning bread before Passover had help Wednesday in the form of the Monsey Fire Department.
The burning of chametz, which is any food that contains wheat or grains that has risen, was happening in a bonfire behind the Rockland Drive-In on Route 59. The tradition calls for the risen, or leavened bread to be destroyed or given away before Passover.
With the dry conditions there have been worries about brush fires. But this year, a central location was chosen, which fire officials say makes it safer for families. This is the third year the Monsey Fire Department has held a bonfire for the burning of chametz.