Down East 2013 ©
In anticipation of the Fourth, Governor Paul LePage toured Phantom Fireworks in Scarborough, one of the eight fireworks stores that have opened since he signed a law legalizing the sale of consumer fireworks in Maine.
Forty municipalities have since prohibited the use of fireworks amid safety and noise concerns by town officials and residents. The law enacted by the Legislature allowed towns to craft ordinances that prohibit the use of fireworks.
Noise complaints about fireworks are also up, according to news reports.
It’s all about the economy,” LePage said of the new law legalizing fireworks. “There’s a demand, and we want to make sure there’s an adequate supply, that it’s safe, [and] sold to people that are of age within the law. And it creates jobs.”
State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas accompanied the governor to discuss fireworks safety. “This is the first time Maine has had fireworks for a long, long time and I believe what we want to do is make sure people are encouraged to use them safely,” LePage said.