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Fireworks are banned in Malibu city limits, but the Municipal Code allows them on offshore barges. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
6:12 am PDT April 20, 2021

Offshore Independence Day fireworks could return to Malibu after the government’s response to coronavirus threw water on such plans in 2020.

While no fireworks — even those called “safe and sane” — can be legally sold or used in city limits, the Municipal Code allows offshore fireworks July 1-6, December 31/January 1 or “other times as authorized by the City Council.”

On April 26, the City Council will be asked to OK the processing of permits for summer fireworks shows from offshore barges.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department processes the permits and has agreed to comply with the city’s ordinance. That process would have happened last year as in years past, if not for the county Health Order barring people from congregating and the city’s determination that fireworks displays “might invite gatherings that posed a serious health and safety risk of spreading COVID-19.”

Since then, virus cases and deaths in Los Angeles County have fallen and the county is in the second least restrictive of the four tiers in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint For a Safer Economy.

In addition, the governor says he will fully open the state’s economy on June 15 if two criteria are met:

  • Vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and

  • Hospitalization rates are stable and low.

Stability has been brought to hospitalization rates and everyone 16 and older is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

Come July 4, many in Malibu will be ready for a fireworks show celebrating America.

In 2019, the city of Malibu issued permits for two private offshore fireworks displays, at Paradise Cove and Malibu Colony.