Use, sale of fireworks banned in Augusta

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Augusta has become the latest Maine municipality to ban fireworks.

City councilors Thursday night voted to ban the use and sale of fireworks in the city.

The Kennebec Journal reported that councilors voted 5-2 in favor of the ban.

The Legislature this year passed a law legalizing fireworks in Maine beginning Jan. 1, but municipalities have the option to regulate them within their borders.

A number of other cities have already banned fireworks, including Portland, Bangor and Lewiston.