The people of Maine have always had the privilege of enjoying professional fireworks displays at major celebrations like Independence Day and New Years' Eve.  In most cases, these fireworks displays were put on by municipalities or big companies, and they were always put on by professionally licensed companies.

In 2012, that changed...  sorta'.  A law allowing any person who is at least 18 years old to posses and use fireworks went into affect.

However, it is important to keep in mind that, despite the fact that a statewide law allows it, some towns and cities have local ordinances preventing people from legally using  fireworks.  Some of the towns that currently have regulations preventing the use of fireworks include Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, Camden, Bar Harbor, Norway, Bath, Camden, and Portland.  Many other towns restrict the type of fireworks that can be purchase and used.  Check out the list of towns and cities with limits on fireworks use HERE

Now, it looks like another town may be joining that list.

According to the KJ, Winslow residents will vote in November on whether or not to continue to allow the use of fireworks within the town's limits.  According to the article, the new regulation, if residents vote it in, would only restrict the use of fireworks.  It would not prevent businesses from continuing to sell fireworks.

What is the reason for the vote on the ban?  According to members of the town council, there have been complaints from residents about the noise of fireworks.  The people who have made complaints are concerned about those suffering from PTSD (like our veterans) and they are concerned about livestock and pets.

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