Brewer City Council approves fireworks ordinance

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night that will allow people to purchase and use fireworks in the city.

City Manager Steve Bost said the ordinance passed “without a lot of controversy” He added the State Fire Marshal’s Office now is in process of making rules to implement the statewide fireworks law, which will take effect at the beginning of 2012.

“It’s a few months away from taking effect,” Bost said Tuesday. “The council is very aware that the state law will eventually determine how the city proceeds on this matter.”

Brewer Police Chief Perry Antone said residents will not have to possess permits to set off fireworks, but there will be a few restrictions.

“We’ll allow people to discharge them as long as they’re the property owner or have permission from the property owner,” he said.

The possession of fireworks in Maine is currently illegal but the use of sparklers has been allowed. Ten other states — Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — have a statewide ban on fireworks.

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