June 23, 2018
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Holden plans November public hearing on proposed fireworks store

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — Bangor residents Sean and Virginia MacMillian are interested in opening the town’s first fireworks store — Big Bang Boom Fireworks Co. — at the former Gillie’s Truck Caps locale, and town leaders on Monday scheduled a November public hearing.

Holden allows fireworks, but requires those who want to sell them to get a municipal permit, Town Manager John Butts said Monday.

“The permit can’t be issued until after a public hearing is held,” he said.

Butts gave town councilors an overview of the project and the MacMillians were on hand to introduce themselves and answer questions.

“I welcomed them to town,” Town Councilor Ralph McLeod said Tuesday. “All five members of the council are pretty supportive” of the project.

The town’s planning board last week reviewed site plans for Big Bang Boom Fireworks to open a 5,000-square-foot retail store at 820 Main Road, and asked the MacMillians to file wetland and boundary surveys and additional paperwork, Sean MacMillian said.

A sprinkler system needs to be installed and the town also is requiring an inspection by the state fire marshal’s office because of the size of the building, McLeod said.

“Our code enforcement officer and our fire chief are both going to be in on this to make sure everything is complied with,” he said. “It’s not near any gas stations and it’s not near any schools, so [the location] is probably a good choice.”

“This is the first one we have in Holden and we’re all on a learning curve,” the town councilor added. “Any business that comes to [U.S. Route] 1A is good news to me.”

Planners will take up the fireworks store again at their Nov. 14 meeting, and the town council is expected to hold the public hearing and vote on the permit on Nov. 19, said MacMillian, who owns the construction business MacMillian Excavation.

“If all goes as planned, we’ll be open before Christmas,” he said.

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