Desert Hot Springs to consider allowing Fourth of July fireworks sales
The move comes following the cancellation of this year's public fireworks show. The sale of fireworks is banned in Desert Hot Springs. "It is likely that many residents in the City may seek to obtain and use fireworks within the City," a May 26 staff report stated.
To make the change, the council would repeal part of the city's municipal code dealing with fireworks and would adopt an urgency ordinance.
The sale of so-called "safe and sane" fireworks - such as sprinklers - "allow fundraising opportunities for non-profit and civic organizations," the report stated.
Last year Coachella, Cathedral City, Indio and Blythe were the only cities in Riverside County to allow the sale and use of State Fire Marshal-approved "Safe and Sane" fireworks.
Desert Hot Springs' ordinance would resemble Cathedral City's, according to the staff report.
The council will weigh the issue during its 5 p.m. meeting today at the Carl May Community Center.