HOLDEN, Maine — Big Bang Boom Fireworks Co. was given unanimous approval for a municipal permit after no one spoke Monday night at the required public hearing.
The 5,000-square-foot retail fireworks store is going into the renovated former Gillie’s Truck Caps building at 820 Main Road and is owned by Bangor residents Sean and Virginia MacMillian.
“The project is moving along and hopefully, with your approval, we’ll be open Dec. 21,” Sean MacMillian told town councilors before they voted.
MacMillian, who owns the construction business MacMillian Excavation, has already hired one Holden resident to work in the store and is looking for one more person, he said.
The planning board approved his site plans last week, and will consider a second phase of the project that will add a disc golf course to the back lot next month.
“Hopefully, it won’t be just a location, it will be a destination,” MacMillian said.
Councilor John Bryant asked if the new owners still needed any permits before opening and was answered by Town Manager John Butts, who said everything is contingent on them acquiring the two required licenses.
MacMillian said he needed town approval before applying for a state permit and a federal permit from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to sell fireworks. He also needs the fire marshal to do a final inspection, scheduled for early December.
Holden allows fireworks, but requires those who want to sell them to get a municipal permit.
“Good luck, Sean,” Bryant said.