Ban on fireworks in Waterville upheld

Posted June 26, 2012, at 11:20 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A fireworks ban in Waterville will stand for now.

A resident who attempted to overturn the recently-approved ban fell short of gathering the necessary signatures needed to force the city council to reconsider the measure.

Kendrick Whitney said he believed the ban should be amended to allow residents to use fireworks on a limited basis for celebrations such as graduations and anniversaries.

The council voted earlier this month to prohibit the sale or use of consumer fireworks within Waterville city limits.

Councilors cited noise and safety concerns as well as trash left behind by exploded fireworks.

The Morning Sentinel reported Whitney fell about 300 signatures short of the 1,500 needed to force the city council to revisit the ban, or have the issue sent to voters to decide.

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