April 24, 2018
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On Route 1, Rockport a safe harbor for fireworks

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — To its north, a fireworks ban. To its south, a fireworks ban. Thus, Rockport has emerged as a safe haven for the pyrotechnically inclined.

The town manager, Robert Peabody, doesn’t think this will change a thing.

Before Maine legalized fireworks this year, “if people wanted to fire them off they still did,” he said, laughing. “They just tried not to get caught and it was usually only on the Fourth of July. I don’t anticipate any negativity for the town being the one in between.”

Considering the issue further, he joked, “Maybe people will run over from Walmart, run into town, light them off here and then go back.”

Rockland’s new ordinance says fireworks “pose a risk of starting uncontrolled fires, injuring persons and damaging property.” Camden also cites safety concerns in its ban.

The Rockport Board of Selectmen considered talking about fireworks, but found no need, Peabody said.

“In looking at whether it should be an agenda item or not, neither our police chief or fire chief had issues with the law,” he said.

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