June 20, 2018
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Brewer considering plan for fireworks store

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Lovely Properties LLC will be in front of the Brewer Planning Board next week to discuss plans for the city’s first fireworks store.

The site plan from Greg Lovely’s limited liability corporation seeks “to construct and operate a single story 1,600-square foot building for retail fireworks sales facility at 972 Wilson St,” according to a public notice about the 6 p.m. Sept. 10 meeting.

Lovely, who owns several Newport businesses and property in Dexter, is just one of many business operators who approached the city about a fireworks store, D’arcy Main-Boyington, Brewer’s economic development director said Monday.

“We’ve been working with a number of businesses who want to open a store in Brewer,” she said. “We’ve tried with a number” who all have been turned away by a lack of spaces that fit the state’s rules for setbacks and single occupancy.

Lovely will avoid all those problems by building the store with those regulations in mind, Main-Boyington said.

On Jan. 1, the law banning fireworks in the state was lifted, and since that time neighboring Bangor and Holden, and at least 22 other Maine communities have prohibited or placed restrictions on the sale or use of fireworks. Portland, South Portland, Brunswick, Ellsworth, Orono and Rockland are on the list with restrictions.

Under the state law, fireworks can only be fired between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., except on certain holidays, and are restricted to those age 21 or older. They also must be fired from someone’s own property or the property of an owner who has provided written permission to do so.

Brewer city leaders at their July meeting heard from two residents who complained about the use of fireworks in the city. One said fireworks are dangerous and should be outlawed and the other stressed the need for earlier time restrictions.

At the end of the meeting, city attorney Joel Dearborn was asked to review the state rules and make a presentation to the city council in the coming months.

Lovely’s proposed fireworks store would be located near the Brewer-Holden town line.

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