BREWER, Maine — Fireworks may be allowed in the city, but Brewer Housing Authority residents are not allowed to ignite them on any property owned by the authority, executive director Gordon Stitham said Thursday.
“They can have them and go off property and fire them off, but they cannot do it on the project,” he said.
Possessing and selling fireworks in Maine became legal at the beginning of the year and communities are allowed to decide if they want to allow them. Brewer city leaders voted in November to allow people to purchase and use them. Around the same time, neighboring Bangor prohibited the use and sale of fireworks as well as possession with intent to use in the Queen City.
The housing authority board put the fireworks ban into place at its last regular meeting and held a special meeting on Monday to go into executive session to discuss a possible legal action.
After members left the closed-door meeting, “the board made a decision for [Bangor attorney Edward Gould] to pursue the case,” Stitham said.
Gould said Thursday that the case is confidential and has been filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission. He also said he could not say whether the case involved a tenant or employee. Details will not become public until after the commission completes its investigation, he said.
The housing authority board also recently decided to install surveillance cameras at three of its projects — on Rinfret Drive, Church Street and Chamberlain Street, Stitham said.
“It’s to provide security and safety for the tenants,” he said.