NEW YORK (WPIX)—Safety concerns are now hanging over Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Over the last week both the number of protesters sleeping in the park and tents have grown. Just a week ago, witnesses say the Reverand Jesse Jackson linked arms with protesters to protect a single medical tent from eviction by the NYPD.
Asked about the rules that say no tents are allowed in the park, one man who identified himself as an organizer and gave his name as only Haywood from North Carolina said, "The city isn't enforcing the rule so people will set up tents."
Fire officials are also reportedly concerned about the protestors use of gasoline powered generators in the park and have sent those concerns to the mayor.
The worry is a spark from smoking or an open flame could turn the tarps and tents into an inferno.
Haywood says, "We have no problem with that. The Fire Department should have talked direclty to us. The generators will be gone in 24 hours."