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OB Town Council urges revelers to "Mallow Out"

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Many Ocean Beach merchants and residents are toasty under the collar about the community's tradition of hurling marshmallows around the seafront on the Fourth of July, and some of them joined police Tuesday in urging locals to use the spongy treats as munchies, not missiles.

Tossing the puffy confections following the beach town's yearly Independence Day fireworks display has evolved over the years into a frenzy of flying candy that litters the shoreline and turns nearby streets and sidewalks into a gluey mess.

Last year, a child and a senior citizen were injured, local businesses were damaged and more than 2,000 pounds of trash were left behind, according to the Ocean Beach Town Council.

"We're hoping not to have to write any tickets and get that voluntary compliance," SDPD Capt. Joe Ramos said during a late-morning briefing at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, the site of a veterans memorial plaza that has would up stained by melted marshmallows each July.

Representatives of some businesses in the coastal town have already signed a "Mallow Out" pledge on the OBTC's website, promising not to sell marshmallows on or around the holiday or promote the snack war.

The madcap food fight started out as a friendly rivalry between two families, then grew into a "violent altercation" that has caused thousands of dollars in damages, according to the council.

Last September, the council passed a resolution calling for an end to the sticky tradition. It also urged police to enforce littering and vandalism laws on the Fourth of July and to cite those who throw marshmallows -- which the group deemed "potentially harmful objects" -- in public places.

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