Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn said La Jolla’s annual 4th of July fireworks show requires evaluation under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
The case was filed by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation in Encinitas California, targeting San Diego’s approval of the La Jolla 4th of July Fireworks show but eventually drew in a wide range of city permits. San Diego officials said they issue about 400 special-events permits annually, along with up to 20,000 park-use permits for smaller-scale gatherings — most of which would now need environmental assessment.
The future of La Jolla’s 4th of July Fireworks show was fuzzy on Friday. Organizers likely can not complete the time-intensive and costly CEQA analysis by July 4.
Environmental impact reports can take a year and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
This looks like a bizarre crusade to stop fireworks. What is next on the nutty environmental hit list - a lawsuit against swimmers for polluting the ocean with their suntan lotion?
Banning fireworks on the 4th of July is just un-American. It's time to reign in these crazy environmentalists.