Fireworks Will Now Need Permits

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in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Fireworks over the OB Pier by Jeff Stone, July 4, 2009.

Editor: How this affects fireworks at the OB Pier on July 4th remains to be seen.

By Mike Lee / San Diego U-T / May 11, 2011

San Diego regional regulators on Wednesday became the first in the country to require a pollution permit for all fireworks shot over water, and federal officials signaled their intent to consider similar rules nationwide.

After about five hours of testimony and debate, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s governing panel voted 6-0 to support a plan that forces producers of fireworks events to file for an annual permit that costs about $1,500 and follow best management practices for cleanup.

The board nixed more expensive water and sediment monitoring requirements for the displays — except the regular shows run by SeaWorld — out of concerns that proposed testing plans were not comprehensive and did not allocate costs fairly.

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