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Bill To Ban Maine Fireworks Considered

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Just two years ago, Maine legalized the purchase and use of consumer fireworks. The Maine Legislature is considering a bill to repeal the law and four other measures that would add restrictions.The repeal bill, proposed by Representative Michel Lajoie, Democrat of Lewiston and a retired city fire chief, was heard Monday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Other measures heard would require municipal open-burning permits to shoot off fireworks and ban their use within one mile of fields containing livestock. Another bill would set 9 p.m. as the latest hour fireworks could be set off.

The law passed in January 2012 allows fireworks use between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. by those 21 years of age or older on private property. Municipalities can restrict or ban fireworks, and 57 municipalities have enacted restrictions of some kind.

Fireworks retailers oppose the ban and other restrictive measures.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Steve Marston, owner of Central Maine Pyrotechnics and Pyro City Maine testified to the committee, ‘you guys pull the plug on this, you’re pulling the plug on a lot of people that have invested in the state of Maine and invested in it’s people.’

What do you think? Would you like the continued use of fireworks for Maine adults or would you support a repeal of the law?

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