Culver City Edition

Officials question midnight fireworks at marina

MARINA DEL REY — Marina del Rey residents got a rude wake-up around midnight Aug. 26 thanks to an off-shore fireworks display that punctuated a birthday yacht party thrown by Khloe Kardashian for her boyfriend, NBA star James Harden — angering a local city councilman and raising questions about its legality.

City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the incorporated areas around the marina, said he was outraged at the event.

“Disruptive celeb firework show that woke up thousands was NOT permitted by city or county,” Bonin wrote on his Twitter page. “Checking if U.S. Coast Guard did it.”

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said they were working to determine if any laws were broken. County Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the marina area, also said he wants an investigation into the fireworks display to determine if more cooperation is needed between the Sheriff’s Department and Coast Guard — earning him kudos from Bonin.

According to US Weekly, the 26th birthday bash for Harden was held aboard the Fantasea Yacht, and among the 200 guests were Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner and NBA players Trevor Ariza and Baron Davis.

The midnight fireworks display, however, came as a loud wake-up call for thousands of people in and around Marina del Rey. Many took to Twitter and other social media outlets, posting photos and videos of the display and commenting on the rude awakening.

One woman, who lives in nearby Del Rey, posted this remark: “Did anyone else wonder why there was a barrage of fireworks at midnight last night? Blame it on the Kardashians! It’s their world; the rest of us are just trying to get a good night’s sleep in it.”

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, its Marina del Rey station received about 40 calls from residents, many of whom feared the loud noise was the result of weapons.

“Once callers learned that the noise was fireworks, some said they were relieved, and several indicated they were no longer concerned about the origin of the noise,” according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.

Sheriff’s officials said they were notified in advance of the planned display, which was reviewed and permitted by the U.S. Coast Guard, since it was held outside the Marina del Rey breakwater.

Sheriff’s officials said the county would only be responsible for issuing permits for such an event if it was held “inside the lines of demarcation or inside the Marina del Rey breakwater.”

The Sheriff’s Department noted that while it does not have jurisdiction over an off-shore fireworks permit, it does enforce noise ordinances. But the department said no deputies were “dispatched to the boat or on land as a result of the fireworks event, nor did any member of the public file a criminal complaint about the noise.”

In order to pursue a criminal complaint, “it would require at least one victim and proof of malicious intent.”

“The Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station is conducting an inquiry to ascertain if any laws or ordinances were violated,” according to the department.

The Kardashians remained generally quiet about the uproar over the event. Kim Kardashian posted a series of photos of herself, West and others aboard the yacht. Khloe Kardashian also posted photos from the party and wrote on Twitter, “Last night was tooooo much fun!!! I made some new best friends. … Yeah I need a nap today for sure.”