Fireworks shows on Sunday, Wednesday were permitted
July 16, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A brief “theatrical” fireworks display on Sunday afternoon and an eight-minute fireworks display on Tuesday night were for a private party and were legally permitted, said South Lake Tahoe Fire Marshal Ray Zachau on Thursday.
The fireworks displays, which took place both on the beach and on a barge in the water near Lakeland Village, were paid for by the proprietor of Americas Discount Tire, Zachau said.
The business holds an employee getaway at the South Shore each year, and the fireworks display was in honor of the tire company’s 50th anniversary, Zachau said.
The fire marshal said he received several complaints from nearby residents regarding the displays, but noted private fireworks displays can be held safely. Firefighters were on hand for the displays, Zachau said.
The group’s annual meeting is a boon to the local economy, Zachau added.
Private fireworks displays at the lake are unusual because of their cost, Zachau said. The fire marshal said he did not expect the group to have a fireworks display next year.