Comments for: Brewer residents to vote on fireworks restrictions

Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 3:24 p.m.

BREWER | Local residents will decide by referendum Tuesday whether they want to restrict the use of fireworks to outlying areas of Brewer where the discharge of firearms is allowed. City Councilor Joseph Ferris is behind bringing the vote to referendum, which, if approved, would ban the use of …

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  • Guest

    The stores are still in business? The one I see never has a car in the parking lot.

  • Anonymous

    When you purchase fireworks you receive a safety sheet with suggested precautions. Every one of them asks customers to stay  back 75 feet from the exploding device. In Larry Doughty’s own neighborhood that’s  impossible-on many south Brewer lots-you’d be in your neighbors kitchen. You would think a councilor would want to obey the safety precautions that the stores provide. 
                    Brewer residents have not yet experienced what Mainers to south have-Legal fireworks with a store in town. With a retail fireworks store in Brewer and one proposed for Holden we’ll see way more fireworks in use than we did last summer and also during the New Year’s period. Those that fabricated this law knew that fireworks had no place on small city lots-that’s why the state incorporated provisions to let each community make their own rules.         Mr. Lovely, the owner of the new store is facing the same referendum in his native Newport. They have already had enough of their own store. Last summer was a nightmare for in- town Newport residents.        There is some irony here: At one end of Brewer we have two beautiful new Brick Walls with city plaques welcoming people to Brewer. On the other end of town we’ll have a cheesy fireworks store like you’d see in Georgia or South Carolina. Vacationers  from all 50 states will see that first when coming from Bar Harbor, and that’s about all as they head to I 95.         People will be able to buy fireworks.  However they will need to take them somewhere where there is enough space to safely ignite them. Why do we have airports? Planes need enough SPACE to land SAFELY. You can’t just land anywhere.        Unfortunately there is an even bigger danger here than just using fireworks on small in town lots. The Maine DOT issued a permit to the new fireworks store for a very unsafe location. Entering and exiting 972 Wilson Street will be the most unsafe and accident prone area in Brewer. During New-Years and 4th of July time period traffic will be bumper to bumper at peak times. There is no way to take a left turn out of there safely. Even a right turn back toward in town Brewer will be hazardous.  The store is located at the bottom of Whiting Hill. Stop in and try to get out during heavy traffic-that will be more exciting than blasting off the fireworks-unless you can sit in your neighbors kitchen to watch.

  • Anonymous

    Larry Doughty how does a fireworks store stay in buisness so we can enjoy fireworks a FEW times a year.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the voters say good-by to both, the fireworks and Larry Doughty tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      Check out Larry’s Tea Party Blog. How this guy gets elected to office is beyond me. If he thinks some people will only use fireworks twice a year, he’s  further out of touch than I thought. It’s the whole “Nanny State” thing with Larry-an infringement on our rights. It’s funny we never heard anything about fireworks from Larry before they became law.

  • Just as Maine legalizes fireworks places ban them! What was the point in legalizing them if we cant use them? I understand restricting them in certain areas that are congested and all or even only on weekends. 

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