In this July 2007 photo, fireworks exploding over Lake Tahoe are seen from Heavenly Mountain Resort. A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the authority and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act over the past five years. (AP Photo/The Tahoe Daily Tribune, Jonah M. Kessel)
A State Senator is fighting to keep fireworks displays at Lake Tahoe.
Roseville State Senator Ted Gaines says Lake Tahoe businesses will suffer an enormous hit -- between $3 million and $10 million -- if the Forest Service goes ahead with plans to end yearly fireworks displays.
The fireworks shows are under threat of shutting down because of a 2013 lawsuit filed by two Tahoe residents.
Joseph and Joan Truxler say the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority performs the fireworks displays without a permit.
The visitors authority has put on the events for decades, and also operates an extensive, next-day cleanup program that captures the fireworks debris as well as cans, bags and other trash that makes its way into the Lake.
Gaines says the Truxlers are attacking an American tradition and calls their lawsuit "environmental blackmail."