SOUTH PORTLAND — Despite a new state law legalizing consumer fireworks, sale and use of the products will remain illegal in South Portland.

The City Council OK’d the ban on Monday, saying the city’s population density makes safe usage of the products nearly impossible.

Councilor Tom Coward, who voted for the ban, said he hopes the council will still entertain business proposals from fireworks sellers if one has a suitable plan to open a shop in South Portland.

“It’s a legal product,” Coward said.”We’re a premier shopping area in the state, and that’s something we should look into if the time comes.”

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