After environmentalists became up in arms at the mere thought of a fireworks display taking place in California saying it would be "ecologically hazardous", the first ruling against their complaint quickly skidded to a screeching halt. In what was a blow to the environmentalists, a judge denied a request Wednesday to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the annual July 4th fireworks display in La Jolla, California. This comes after the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation sued the organizers of the La Jolla fireworks show, claiming they want to "reduce water pollution caused by pyrotechnics." As Newsbusters' Alana Goodman first reported:
"The entire shoreline in La Jolla per the La Jolla community plan is a sensitive resource. It's highly protected," Marco Gonzalez, an attorney for the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, told News10. Gonzalez's group launched its suit against the city on June 25. According to the organization's lawsuit, the city of La Jolla did not apply for a Coastal Development permit or comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, two steps the group says are legally necessary before the city can host a fireworks display. The foundation also alleged that the ecological impacts of the Fourth of July show, including traffic and the pollutants from firework debris entering the region's coastal resources, have not been considered in an environmental review.