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New plan to make OB marshmallow fight toast

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and residents in Ocean Beach are trying to get out of a sticky situation.

Neighbors want to end the traditional "marshmallow fight" that left behind a big mess last year and was a real challenge to clean up.

The OB Town Council agreed to put a halt to the 19 year tradition, a tradition which business owners and town council members say needs to mellow out.

"Marshmallows set on fire… we got reports of a little boy getting hit under their eye," town council member Dave Cieslak said.

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Serena Shirmer, who lives in OB and has been in this melee, has mixed emotions but says the last couple of years have been dangerous.

"We get hit with a sandy marshmallow that may be on fire, or they have a rocks in them or batteries or they are frozen," she said.

Businesses were damaged, and the melted marshmallows have left their mark on the plaza.

"Last year there was 2,000 pounds of trash left on the beach," Cieslak said.

Members say shop owners on Newport Avenue pledged to stop selling marshmallows until after July 4.

One business owner and landlord encouraged a tenant to temporarily halt sales, "We are like could you please take them off the shelf and just wait till July 5th or 6th," say Julie Klein.

Council members know they may not be able to totally end it.

"We are under no disillusion this is not going to end overnight," Cieslak said.

But they are hoping to raise awareness, pledging to end the war and surrender the marshmallows. For traditionalists, it's a sticky situation.

"It's always my favorite memory of the whole year," participant Felecia Ramirez said.
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