Decision over Lake Tahoe fireworks due by April 4

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Updated: 3/27/2014 11:56 pm
STATELINE, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A lawsuit has put the Independence Day fireworks display over Lake Tahoe in jeopardy, claiming the celebration violates the Clean Water Act. The Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority held an emergency meeting on Thursday regarding the lawsuit and the future of the show.

But supporters of the fireworks show will have to wait a week to know the future of the celebration. The Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority announced they will drop their sponsorship of this year's show if the lawsuit is not dropped by April 4.
"Unfortunately, that timeline is required for planning purposes and permits," said Carol Chaplin.

Chaplin is the Executive Director of the Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority.  She says terminating the show would be devastating for the area. Still, she hopes an agreement can be met. "We want to collaborate. That's how we get things done here. It's how we work through the complication of living at Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful places in the world."

The fireworks display has taken place in Lake Tahoe for 30 years and brings in nearly $20 million to the area. Dozens of supporters described how much of an economic loss the area would have if the event was canceled.

Tahoe residents said it would be heartbreaking if the event was canceled. "I can't believe that two people would be responsible for something so horrible," said resident Brandi Brown.

"Devastated," added resident Debbie Ledbetter. "I feel ill to have to sit in front of my community today and watch them pass a resolution that could quite possible destroy our economy here."

If the authority decides to end its sponsorship of the event, it is unclear if another group could put on the show.

News 4 spoke to the plantiff, Joe Truxler, after the meeting. He confirmed a meeting is already scheduled on Monday to continue discussions over the lawsuit.
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