AUGUSTA — The LePage administration says legalization of fireworks in Maine has sparked a small business boom in the state.

Officials say dozens of Maine jobs have been created and millions of dollars in new revenue have been generated, thanks to the legalization of fireworks.

Fireworks became legal on Jan. 1 for the first time in 63 years. Since then, a dozen new retail stores have opened in 11 communities from Presque Isle to Scarborough.

Gov. Paul LePage says legalization has opened a new market, creating jobs and sustaining economic growth.

Fireworks were legal in Maine this July 4. The state fire marshal reported relatively few fireworks-related injuries around the holiday despite a change in the law.