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  • Anonymous

    I forget the name of the politician who succeeded in making this fireworks thing legal, but he should realize by now that it was a very bad idea.  Where I live people set off fireworks every day, just about, and they carry on until the wee hours of the morning.  My dog is so nervous from all that noise I am beginning to wonder if he’ll make it to 5 years old.  More and more towns are pondering making it illegal once again.  As for those who say, “it won’t be as bad next year,”  they are full of it!

    • Anonymous

       I can’t agree with you more.  I live in Brewer and while it isn’t so bad now, the past two months were horrendous.  Whatever the kids were throwing into the street from their front porches made such a bang, I’d wake up with my heart pounding. 

      The other night, Brewer had a public fireworks display and it startled me as well.  But I knew the show would be over in 30 minutes or so (and it was actually quite nice!).  The kids on my street, on the other hand, light their fire crackers sporadically over many hours, night after night (very unpredictable and a disturbance to the former peace and quiet of my neighborhood).  I can’t wait for the vote on this issue.

    • Brilliant isn’t it!

          Cut tax revenue for fundemental services like Education / Police / Fire and then be sure provide everyone with  their god given right to guns, booze, and fireworks!

    • Anonymous

      That would be Doug Damon from Bangor where fireworks are illegal. He’s a nice man who had a well intended idea. He thought that Maine could use some of the taxes collected from the sale of fireworks to educate the public on how to use them safely. They’ve turned out be annoying to locals and tourists alike. Perhaps he’ll be the person to introduce legislation to rid our state of this problem. There was no big outcry from the public to legalize fireworks in the first place. 

      • Anonymous

        Well, I’m sure Doug Damon is reading the news on how people are bothered by all the racket.  Now that school is back in perhaps we won’t hear as much noise, but next summer it is sure to begin all over again and it probably will get worse as all these fireworks stores set up shop all over the state.  Where I live the town has no ordinance regarding noise.  You can scream and fart all you want and they can’t serve you with a summons; so, we are at the mercy of the State lawmakers to reverse the fireworks law.  As for taxes coming out of this; there has to be a better way for the state to generate revenue, such as applying the retail tax to stuff you buy on the internet from out of state.

        • Anonymous

          This law won’t be reversed until Governor LePage is out of office. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs…Maine is open for business-any business. The local communities have to clean up the mess, collect some property taxes that they already were getting in most cases-the sales tax goes to the state. 

        • Anonymous

           You could ask that the town create a noise ordinance.  That might happen quicker than waiting for the legislature to admit a mistake.

          • Anonymous

            Problem is:  the town manager is a big outdoorsman and likes guns, fireworks, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, etc.  I do not have voting rights in this town so I’ll have to live with the noise for a few months out of the year.  As for LePage, it will indeed be interesting to see if he gets a second term.

          • Anonymous

            I’m surprised that someone in our state has not pursued legal action against a town or city based on  local noise ordinances not being enforced by local authorities. Try running a lawn tractor at 10p.m.-someone must- they have headlights. 

  • Anonymous

    Gonna be fireworks in more ways than one. Well at least town meetings will not be so dull, they have passed most all the codes, building restrictions, blocks to one building his own  house that they can think of, so now  they got the fireworks to ban. I just hope some poor soul does not get arrested for farting  in a public place.

    • Anonymous

      Extremely bad analogy.  No comparison.

  • Anonymous

    Ban everything. It bothers me.
     

  • Anonymous

    Early this year,.Massachusetts Legislators voted down a movement to legalize fireworks. 
    i cant prove it, but i would bet there is a ‘good number’ of disappointed  Massachusetts residents that wanted fireworks legalized, that have or will be moving up here, to Maine where they are now legalized. In other words, expect more Mass you-know-whats moving into your town. Enjoy.

    • Anonymous

      i doubt people are going to move to Maine just so they can have fireworks. 

      • Anonymous

        Back in May? June? When the Portland Press Harald had a story on the opening of the fireworks store in Scarborough, they featured a Saco restaurant owner who bought $5000 worth of firework for a huge party of over a 100 people. The newspaper mentioned he was a former Mass resident, so i assume they were alot of Mass plates at the party

        • Anonymous

          so.  that doesn’t mean they came here for the fireworks.  that is ridiculous.

          • Anonymous

            How ironic is this? A fireworks store in Brewer has to operate at a certain noise or decibel level so that they don’t annoy their neighbors. 

  • Anonymous

    In restless dreams I walked alone 
    Narrow streets of cobblestone 
    ‘Neath the halo of a street lamp 
    I turn my collar to the cold and damp 
    When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light 
    That split the night 
    And touched the sound of silence

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to Brewer to legalize the sale of something and then ban its use in their town.  Make it somebody else’s problem.  At least they’re consistently irresponsible.

    • Anonymous

      Even the safety brochure given out at the fireworks stores asks customers to be at least 75 feet away from these devices. In many Maine neighborhoods this puts you in your neighbor’s  kitchen. Brewer councilors are merely using some common sense as to where it’s safe to use fireworks. 50 x 100 foot lots exist all over Bangor and Brewer-that’s just too close for comfort for most folks. 

  • Guest

    Fireworks didn’t cause much of a problem until  >someone<  had the brilliant idea of making them legal.

    • Anonymous

      So true. For years, occasionally someone would set off fireworks in Skowhegan .It was no big deal. Now the local yokel losers in everytown,maine, are setting them off at night because they do not have to get up in the morning to go to work., and the law is on their side.

      • Anonymous

        Where are all the stories about the “carnage” that fireworks was going to cause skowheganresident? You posted over and over about the “carnage” and where is it? By the way, fireworks are legal in my town and the only time I have heard them is on weekends and not every weekend at that.

        • Anonymous

          “Where are all the stories about the “carnage” that fireworks was going to cause skowheganresident”

          Fireworks have only been legal for 9 months,it is still earlier. nevertheless:

          -Standish man injured by short fireworks…suffered blunt trama to face
          -Hirium man injured,picked up live fireworks
          -Charleston man injured
          -harpwell forest fire, out of control for 4 hours
          -house fire in OOB , caused by fireworks, 3 firefighters injured
          -man arrested near maine mall, car full of fireworks explosives
          -car destroyed in portland, after fireworks toss in 
          -fireworks sets off fire in 2 neighbors property, ellesworth was it?
          -skow pd hunted vandals tossing live fireworks on houses,late at night
          -orono fire chief was on wabi, said there have been numerous grass fires set in area by fireworks
          …the former state fire chief finally spoke out, he left because he was not allowed to speak out against dangers of fireworks

          The above are incidents that come to mind.

          Again, just 9 months fireworks have have been legal….vision what the list will be like in two more years of fireworks…

          • Anonymous

            Hmmmm

            “Maine fire marshal: So far, so good on fireworks”

            http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2012/07/05/maine_fire_marshal_so_far_so_good_on_fireworks/

            Several of you examples are misleading at best. For instance:

            -Standish man injured by short fireworks…suffered blunt trama to face

            He modified the device after purchase. I would doubt modifications are not suggested by the manufacturer and are done at the purchases own risk.
            ~~~~
            -Charleston man injured

            The man was woman and no injury was reported in the paper.
            ~~~~
            -house fire in OOB , caused by fireworks, 3 firefighters injured

            Fire Marshall’s Office determined the cause were sparklers which have been legal in Maine for all of my 51 years.
            ~~~~
            -man arrested near maine mall, car full of fireworks explosives

            If you mean the man arrested with the car full of firearms headed to NH to kill his former boss there were no fireworks found. If you mean some other man I could not find any reference to this event.
            ~~~~
            – fireworks sets off fire in 2 neighbors property

            Couldn’t find a reference for this one either.
            ~~~~~
            Again I will ask where is the “carnage” you claimed would occur. If I recall correctly you mentioned major bodily injuries would occur, children would be killed, etc…None of that has happened.

          • Anonymous

            Fireworks have only been legal for 9 months.
            I provided a laundry list of firework related problems they have caused from forest fires to grass fires to injuries to acts of vandalism to firefighters hurt in fires to injuries.  Add the hundreds if not thousands of times local police across the state have responded to ‘fireworks complaints’ when they were being set off past 10pm
            It is just a matter of time for the first kid in this state to be seriously injured or killed by fireworks.

          • Anonymous

            Your laundry list misleading at best.

            The house fire with injured firefighters was started by SPARKLERS which were legal prior to 2012 and have been for over 50 years.

            The “man arrested near maine mall, car full of fireworks explosives” doesn’t exist.

            The carnage you predicted that would occur over the Fourth of July didn’t occur. Have there been incidents? Yes. Have they been greater then prior years when fireworks were illegal? Doesn’t seem to be based on the lack of “carnage” in the headlines.

            Look I get it…you don’t like fireworks. Petition your town to make them illegal then. That’s part of the law too.

          • Anonymous

            The ‘sparkles’ that set off an early morning fire in OOB were bought at a fireworks store. They were not low grade sparkles sold at Walfart.

            Maine has enough problems. It was dumb to go asking for more.
              
            3 days ago:
            http://leader.mainelymediallc.com/news/2012-09-07/In_the_Know/A_consumer_fireworks_reminder.html

  • Anonymous

    Winslow legalized fireworks,next door Waterville banned them.
    What is happening is Waterville residents are now going over to Winslow to set them off.

  • Anonymous

    It is Wednesday night in Skowhegan,going on 830pm,its dark out, the residential roads are empty of vehicles,it seems everyone is inside. there are about a dozen homes in my neighborhood with little kids tucked away,sleeping, getting ready to be up for the school bus at 730am. It is so quiet, you can hear a pin drop in the silence.
    I swear on my father’s gave this is true, some moron[s] are setting off fireworks now. The morons know the majority of the people in the neighborhood are in for the night,the morons know there are little kids that live in the neighborhood,nevertheless they are setting off fireworks. No one can call the police because the fireworks laws is on the side of the morons, not normal people that have lives.

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