By ten in the morning on July 5, an estimated 600 pounds of marshmallows had been picked up from the sands of Ocean Beach.
The annual marshmallow fight (which follows the Fourth of July fireworks) has become such a sticky mess that environmental organizations have to solicit volunteers to show up the next morning to clean up.
At 8:00 a.m., my son and I were greeted by what seemed like millions of marshmallows baking in the sand. With about 100 other Coastkeeper volunteers, we went — bag and grabber in hand — starting near the pier and walking north.
A City of San Diego lifeguard passing by on patrol thanked us and said, "The marshmallows are in the sand all the way up to lifeguard tower three in north O.B."
The marshmallows also littered the gutters along Newport Avenue and covered the sidewalks along with lots of colorful confetti.
Brian Schrock said he had not seen the marshmallows “scattered so far and wide" in previous years after the holiday. In 2010, San Diego police monitored the marshmallow mayhem, and it was contained to the area below the pier.
Clean-up volunteers hesitated to condemn the marshmallow fun so as not to "harsh the O.B. buzz."