Most Cleveland Junkyards Fail City Safety Inspections

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland officials say nearly all the city's scrap and junkyards have failed city safety inspections.

The Building and Housing Department say they cited 97 of 101 junkyards in the city.

The inspections came after residents complained that the junkyards were dirty, noisy and spilling scrap into their neighborhoods.

A rash of copper thefts in the state also brought scrutiny on the yards.

Officials say they hope the inspections will help improve the appearance, legality and reputation of junkyards in the city.

A few scrap yards have fixed problems and are approved by the city to operate, and others are appealing their violation citations in Cleveland Housing Court.