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Poll: Should ‘Safe and Sane’ Fireworks Be Legalized in San Diego County?

Should San Diego join other California counties in allowing such displays? Or is danger too great?

The Fourth is all about traditional values—communities joining to cheer the anniversary of independence via parades, picnics and proud shows of fireworks. But one tradition is prohibited in San Diego County: private pyrotechnics and those without permits. In Northern California, according to the San Jose Mercury News, more than a dozen cities allow the sale and use of so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, including Petaluma, San Bruno and Union City. Should small, ground-based displays again be allowed here, too? (Meanwhile, .)

Brian Hanifin July 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Northern California has more rain, so the risk of wild fires is much lower.
Kristin Gorenflo July 05, 2012 at 04:15 AM
fireworks sure but do we have to have the loud 'boom' fireworks for a town catering to the military we are sure being insensitive to those suffering with PTSD
elsie July 05, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Did the fireworks misfire?
Lee DeLay July 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I don't know what happened, but someone is going to be in a lot of trouble tomorrow.
JaacFan July 05, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Somebody pushed the wrong button.
Pat P July 05, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Sounded like they all went off at once. I am on California St south of IB Blvd and my whole house shook. Glad my dogs were inside.
Jean Francois Mc Dermott July 05, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Frankly speaking - Fireworks & Safe n' Sane represent a unlikely scenario. Go to any emergency ward on July 4th & you'll see the results of Safe & Sane'.... Parenthetically, what happened in Colorado Springs given similar dynamics existing here in Southern California would not be difficult to imagine... Fireworks displays, even when administered by qualified personnel, has resulted in intragedy. Well I guess that pretty much sums up my opinion on legalizing " Safe n' Sane " fireworks,,,,
Scott July 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Just FYI in, Temple City CA, Arcadia Ca, and El Monte Ca, they all have Sold fireworks for about 30 or more years now and they are all Safe n' Sane Fireworks. So it's just not Northern CA that has fireworks, But we all must use commonsense when you use these fireworks.
Alan Carlson July 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Been out of SD much??? these fireworks are available 70 miles north in Orange County, not quite Northern California
Alan Carlson July 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Just another example of Local San Diego rules and regulations. This city is so small time
Sarah Riccitelli July 05, 2012 at 03:37 PM
People should be responsible for their own safety and use common sense in regards to fireworks.
Sarah Riccitelli July 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
And not the government.
Steve July 05, 2012 at 04:01 PM
It would be nice if we could simply respond "YES" or "NO" without the weighted qualifier that's included in the reply. I would've replied "YES", but not because I think it has anything to do with tradition or "home rights"...
Jenny July 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That is very true, and they did not have fires the way we do!
John Pilch July 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
If the American public can't drive responsibly or drink responsibly, why do you think they can discharge fireworks responsibly?
Alan Carlson July 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I have never heard of a large fire being started in TJ, Orange county or anywhere around us from fireworks. But here in San Diego we want to ban them on the Bay, ban them at Lake Murrey, worry about seals, old wharehouses down town. This city and its leaders are fools. All the great people that built this city are turning over in thier graves
Alan Carlson July 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Just goes to show the political leanings of this web based fishwrap
Alan Carlson July 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Time for more restrictions. All you sheeple stay in your homes until the Govt tells you what to eat, where to go, how to get there, what your children should and should not learn, what laws are going to be enforced and which to be overlooked. Sounds like freedom to me,
Doug Curlee July 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
as someone who has stood out there in the middle of some of our worst fires..knowing how they started, and how quickly they got out of control.. absolutely not..you have to leaven your desires for fireworks with a large dash of common sense..and common sense tells you that fireworks in our area in july..and most other months..places too much in immediate jeopardy..there's tto miuch fule out there that a single spark can turn into a raging conflagration.. thing 2003..2007.. i don't want anyone to have to go through that again.. doug
Doug Curlee July 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
p.s...sorry about the typos..brand new keyboard is different... doug
John Galt July 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
No. People are too stupid and I do not want to see children get hurt.
Rebecca Mooney July 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
If they were allowed I think there should be a limitation on how many stands there can actually be and the proceeds should go to area nonprofits like it is done in Stockton, CA.
Steve July 06, 2012 at 08:10 PM
So, who would be operating them? The State? The non-profits? Because, if someone invests their money into a business venture like that, they should be allowed to realize the profits from that investment...
Steve July 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The idea that we shouldn't permit them because os the threat of fires is a little short-sighted. The fires in 2003 and 2007 were absolutely horrible, and neither was caused by fireworks. Legislating with a basis in fear is an unfortunate thing...
Mark July 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
No. Too many parents do not supervise their children.

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