Legal Fireworks Helping Mainers Celebrate July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 17th, And August 11th At Two AM For Some Reason

Maine legal fireworks

Maine legal fireworksSince Maine legalized fireworks last year, communities across the state have imposed a patchwork of regulations that could mean the difference between night skies filled with clusters of exploding light in one town this Fourth of July and quiet darkness in another. The state Fire Marshal’s Office continued to update its website Tuesday, listing restrictions and prohibitions on consumer fireworks that cities and towns have passed recently. The website includes a summary of the state law allowing fireworks in communities without rules of their own. On Monday night, the Westbrook City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance that would ban the use of fireworks on all days except July 4 and 5 and Dec. 31, when they could be set off, with a permit, at any time from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The council will not take a final vote on the ordinance until later this month or next, so Westbrook falls under state law as allowing fireworks, for now. “It makes it complicated,” said Richard Taylor, the senior planner in the Fire Marshal’s Office. “Every town is different.” In towns without restrictions, consumer fireworks can typically be set off between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Those hours are expanded for the Fourth of July holiday weekend to 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (read more at Kennebec Journal)