Lompoc City Council voted this week to cancel the city’s planned Fourth of July fireworks show due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.

The council had asked city staff to explore other venues for a show after the installation of new turf and a track at Lompoc High School prevented the Lompoc Recreation Division from holding the show at the usual location.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing guidelines, city staff asked City Council to consider postponing the fireworks show, or planning an alternative event.

Lompoc City Council heard from city staff on the matter, including the Police and Fire department chiefs, at the June 3 meeting. The public safety officials recommended against holding the fireworks show.

Ultimately, council voted 5-0 in favor of not holding a Fourth of July fireworks show this year. Money will be returned to those who donated to the show.