(June 28, 2005) -- LBReport.com has confirmed that last ditch efforts by LB City Hall to arrange professional shoreline fireworks for July 4th -- to replace fireworks cancelled at the Queen Mary -- have fizzled, leaving LB's shoreline without the rockets' red glare for the first time in over two decades.
As previously reported by LBReport.com, Queen Mary operator QSDI (currently seeking bankruptcy protection) announced weeks ago that it couldn't meet a City Hall demand for $70,000 to cover public safety costs (not previously required by City Hall for a permit) on top of the QM's $50,000 cost for the pyrotechnics.
And today (June 28), the Queen Mary announced that a July 4th concert ("Country Salute to the USA") has also been cancelled due what it blamed on "a delay by the city of Long Beach to approve a permit to hold the concert in the Queen Mary Special Events Park." (The QM's regular tours, attractions and restaurants will be operating.)
LB residents can still see professional fireworks on July 3 (LB Armada baseball game @ Blair Field, (562) 597-9787) and on July 4 (ELB's annual spectacular at Veterans Stadium, Clark @ Conant; tickets available thru July 3 from 9a-6p at Fire Stn. 19, 3559 Clark Ave., info at (562) 493-9020).
And don't even think about using homegrown or other fireworks anywhere in LB. LB City Hall stresses: "All fireworks, including safe and sane, are against the law in Long Beach. They have been for more than 40 years. Possession of any fireworks in Long Beach could result in six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both."
There are over fifty professionally staged firework displays throughout L.A. County...and they're run by pros who specialize in pyrotechnics.
Other LB holiday weekend events include: