San Bruno Explosion Forces City to Question Fireworks Policy

Residents say sale of "safe-and-sane" fireworks should be re-evaluated.

By Erika Okano
|  Thursday, May 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:21 AM PDT
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SAN BRUNO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Firefighters investigate the scene of a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Thirty eight homes were destroyed and four people were killed when a Pacific Gas and Electric gas main blew up in a San Bruno, California neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport on Thursday evening. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The pipeline explosion in San Bruno is causing many people to question the city's fireworks policy, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

San Bruno is one of two cities in San Mateo County that allows "safe-and-sane" fireworks. However, people who live in the Glenview neighborhood, the spot that was hit by September's natural gas pipeline explosion, say the city needs to consider a temporary ban on the fireworks.

They say the area where the blast occurred is now grassland and that coupled with fireworks could be a bad combination. Plus there's the emotional aspect of it all.

Nancy Wynschenk, told the Examiner, "We are already very sensitive to noises and this would further aggravate the healing process."

Banning the fireworks, even temporarily, is not as easy as it sounds. The city says voters approved "safe-and-sane" fireworks in 2005. To ban them would require another ballot vote.

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