June 19, 2018
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Plymouth residents worry noise from fireworks will frighten horses

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

PLYMOUTH, Maine — Several neighbors from Twitchell Road gathered at the town office to complain about fireworks during the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday evening.

For some, it was more than just an annoyance. It was a safety concern.

“Personally, it’s my horses,” said Heidi Boivin, who lives on Twitchell Road. “I don’t know about your dog or your neighbor’s dogs, but the horses get riled bad. They’re either going to go through a fence or I’m going to be out there [with a horse] and they’re going to decide to shoot one of these off and I’m going to get run over.”

Her husband, Ray, also was concerned about safety.

“Just due to the fact that we have animals in the neighborhood that could stampede through a fence and run in front of a vehicle and go through a windshield and possible kill someone. Or the horse injures itself and [someone] has to put it down is all the more the reason to nip it in the bud now,” said Ray Boivin.

Several who attended the meeting complained that a neighbor’s 18-year-old son has fired many fireworks recently. Sometimes nightly.

“It was like Baghdad up there at 7 or 8 o’clock at night,” said Dana Flanders, another neighbor.

Town Clerk Becky Gray quickly pointed out that it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or use fireworks.

Flanders suggested that permits for fireworks might be a good idea, especially during dry weather.

“Right now, behind my house, you can just look at that [dry brush] and set it on fire,” he said.

Selectman Adam Temple said he was hesitant to create a town ordinance in response to one person.

“During the last town meeting, we tried to put an ordinance in for the whole town when the problem was with one person,” said Temple. “So we tried to craft a law because of one person that would affect the whole town. It doesn’t go over very good.”

Temple said he would talk with the neighbor to try to reach a resolution. The town also will look into an ordinance, he said.

“In the short term, I’ll personally talk to him,” said Temple.

It also was decided during the meeting that residents who didn’t already have house number signs that meet 911 standards could come to the town office, fill out paperwork and have them created.

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