San Diego fireworks in limbo after judge orders environmental review

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | June 3, 2011 | 4:29 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some of San Diego's signature festivals and fundraisers are in a state of limbo after a judge's sweeping ruling that would subject thousands of events to rigorous environmental review.

Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn planned to rule Friday on whether to put her ruling on hold for 90 days.

Quinn was prepared to let her order take effect immediately but had second thoughts after a city attorney warned Thursday that it would deal a severe economic blow.

The Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation sued San Diego last year to force a review of a fireworks show at La Jolla Cove under the California Environmental Quality Act, but Quinn's ruling last week extends to tens of thousands of events that require park permits, including birthday parties and weddings in public parks.