Maine’s first fireworks store to open in Augusta area

Posted Feb. 28, 2012, at 6:15 a.m.

MANCHESTER, Maine — Maine’s first retail fireworks store is scheduled to open this week.

Pyro City is expected to open Thursday in Manchester, just outside Augusta.

The state last year voted to allow the retail sale and use of fireworks in Maine for the first time in decades. The law took effect Jan. 1, but it is up to each individual town to decide whether to allow the sale of fireworks.

Steve Marson is opening his store in an old car dealership. He told the Kennebec Journal it is the first of four stores he hopes to open around the state.

The opening is dependent on a state inspection.

Marson is also owner of Central Maine Pyrotechnics, which has been putting on fireworks shows for 26 years.

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