Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
RUMFORD — Maine's new fireworks law appears to be causing some confusion as 4th of July approaches.
An M-150 firework is lit in Freeport recently. This July 4 will be the first in 63 years in which fireworks are legal in the state, thanks to a law that took effect in January.
The Legislature voted last year to lift the state's 70-year ban on the sale and use of many types of consumer fireworks.
Some local police departments are reporting a steady increase in noise complaints associated with fireworks and expect those complaints to grow as the holiday approaches.
Rumford Police Capt. Dan Garbarini tells the Maine Sun Journal that many people may not fully understand the new law, which limits fireworks to private property and continues to outlaw more powerful devices such as bottle rockets.
Garbarini says people who want to use fireworks should first familiarize themselves with the new law.
Several cities, including Portland and Augusta, passed local ordinances against fireworks after the state law was approved.