Settlement preserves Lake Tahoe’s July 4th, Labor Day fireworks

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Lake Tahoe’s largest Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will be allowed to continue following the settlement of a lawsuit alleging they pollute the lake.

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority announced this week that an agreement has been reached with plaintiffs Joseph and Joan Truxler, who reportedly, along with neighbors, picked up more than 8,000 pieces of fireworks debris that washed up on Marla Bay after the two shows last year.

The Truxlers, alleging the annual events violate the Clean Water Act, filed the lawsuit against the Visitors Authority and Pyro Spectaculars North, which puts on the shows, after negotiations failed to resolve the issue to their satisfaction.

The settlement allows the events to continue with increased oversight of post-show cleanup and a hotline for residents to report fireworks debris that needs to be removed.

“Preserving the 4th of July and Labor Day shows and keeping Lake Tahoe and its beaches clean are of the utmost importance to our community,” the authority’s executive director, Carol Chaplin, said in a news release. “We would like to thank everyone for their efforts to bring this to an amicable conclusion.”

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