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Central Coast City Cancelling Fourth Of July Fireworks Show Because Of COVID-19 Uncertainties

Officials say despite reopenings, the safety of large gatherings is still unclear

Officials with a Central Coast city say the uncertainty over where we would be this summer with COVID-19 means there isn’t enough time to put together a traditional community Fourth of July fireworks show.

City of Santa Maria officials say they would have needed to sign a cotract weeks ago for it to happen. And, they say with many businesses having a tough time economically, it might have been hard to raise the $30,000 needed for the display.

Santa Maria will allow people to buy, and use so-called “Safe And Sane” fireworks. Non-profit groups will be able to apply for permits to sell the fireworks.

But, they can only be used for a 12-hour period in the city, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July. All fireworks are illegal in unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.