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HUNTINGTON BEACH

To kick off the new millennium with a bang, some nearby cities have temporarily lifted their ban on fireworks, but Huntington Beach has refused to budge.

That doesn’t make sense to Huntington Beach resident Don Erickson, 30, who said the city should follow the lead of Garden Grove, Costa Mesa and Stanton, which have authorized the sale of fireworks for this week only.

“What’s the harm?” he asked.

Plenty, warn city officials, who have kept a tight lid on pyrotechnics for years. Huntington Beach stopped allowing fireworks sales in 1987.

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“We’re trying to ensure a safe and sane and injury-free holiday,” Fire Marshal Duane Olson said.


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