BUCKSPORT, Maine — Residents will have a chance Thursday evening to share their thoughts about a proposal to ban fireworks in town.
The Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance during the council’s regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the town office. The council is expected to vote on the ordinance after the public hearing.
As written, the proposal would “prohibit the use and sale of consumer fireworks to ensure the safety of the residents and property owners of the Town of Bucksport and of the general public.”
Violators could be fined between $200 and $400 for use of or possession with intent to use illegal fireworks. Selling or possessing fireworks with the intent to sell would carry a minimum fine of $500, according to the latest language. Fines would increase for subsequent offenses.
The Maine Legislature legalized consumer fireworks last year but allowed municipalities to enact their own restrictions on the use and sale of the explosives. The state law only legalized nonaerial fireworks, however, so bottle rockets and other missile-type fireworks remain illegal in Maine.