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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city can host an oceanfront Fourth of July fireworks show this year without a rigorous environmental review, a judge ruled Friday in a decision that also temporarily spared tens of thousands of other local festivities.

Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn put on hold for 90 days her sweeping ruling that briefly jeopardized fireworks displays and many other events in the nation's eighth-largest city, including charity runs, block parties, and birthday parties and weddings at city parks.

The judge ordered the city to explain Aug. 31 what it has done to comply with her ruling that makes fireworks shows and other events subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Her ruling came in a lawsuit over a Fourth of July show in the city's La Jolla Cove.

Mayor Jerry Sanders welcomed the decision in remarks that suggested the dispute over the 27-year-old La Jolla show was far from over.

"This is great news for the thousands of San Diegans who plan to mark this Independence Day with a beautiful La Jolla fireworks show. The idea that a once-a-year fireworks display poses a threat to the environment defies both basic common sense and scientific evidence," he said.

Hmm. A growing backlash against California's fireworks regulations?
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