U-T Columnist Michael Smolens: ‘It’s time to ditch the fireworks’

by on July 5, 2023 · 2 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Drone light shows as alternatives are on the rise in San Diego and elsewhere for public safety and environmental reasons

By Michael Smolens / San Diego Union-Tribune / July 5, 2023

The air quality was almost certainly better over Ocean Beach and La Jolla Tuesday night than it was around San Diego Bay, Imperial Beach and SeaWorld.

Likewise for water quality.

That’s because O.B. and La Jolla planned Independence Day celebrations with drone light shows, while the other locales went with traditional fireworks.

Fireworks can be a blast, but for years concern has been growing about their environmental and health impacts, along with increasing fire threats in these hotter, drier, climate-changing times.

For the balance of this article, please go here.

A year ago Frank Gormlie posted this: “‘We’ll Miss the OB Pier Fireworks … But Maybe It’s Time to Move On’”

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LBruce July 5, 2023 at 2:58 pm

Is it me or is anyone else shocked/appalled that Sea World, that ostensible leader in marine life husbandry wasn’t the first to embrace the drone show? They want us to believe they’re about conservation (branding, people!) and yet they continue to blast sea life out of their beds, along with people’s pets and drop untold volumes of debris into our bay. They could adapt the show to various holidays, etc. How can they possibly be so late to this party?


Frank Gormlie July 6, 2023 at 9:39 am

” The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest for the San Diego Humane Society, but this year the shelter is already is seeing record numbers of animals come in between its locations throughout the county.

“We have taken in 138 stray pets since the beginning of July 4 and right now only about 19% of those animals have been reclaimed,” said Jordan Frey, marketing manager for the San Diego Humane Society.” Fox5


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