Fireworks Permit Fizzles In San Diego

Councilmembers vote down a plan requiring special permits for coastal fireworks shows.

By Susan Taylor
|  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:48 AM PDT
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Fireworks Permit Fizzles In San Diego

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LONDON - NOVEMBER 04: Fireworks explode in the night sky as people gather to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night on Blackheath Common on November 4, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

The City of San Diego is maintaining its long standing policy on fireworks over coastal waters.

Council members voted 5-3 to stick to its original ruling of not requiring a special events permit unless food or alcohol is being sold at the event. Had it gone the other way, it would likelyhave meant that more  fireworks shows would be cancelled due to costly permits.

But a change might still come next month when the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board considers establishing its own permitting process for fireworks shows in the area.

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