Crash! Bang! Boom! Complain!
As the first Fourth of July under Maine's new fireworks law approaches, complaints about noise are high and getting higher, police in cities and towns around the state report.
Maine lawmakers voted to lift the more than 70-year ban on most types of consumer fireworks last year. But Lewiston and Rumford police told the Bangor Daily News that some consumers don't realize that certain explosives remain illegal. These include fireworks that fly through the air, such as bottle rockets and sky rockets.
The Greenwood Fire Department dispatch has been flooded with complaints about fireworks over the last three weekends, the Sun Journal reports. Town Manager Kim Sparks told the selectmen that fireworks are being set off “all hours and any day of the week.”
In Norway, the Advertiser Democrat reports, a resident complained to selectmen about fireworks going off "day and night" in her Pikes Hill neighborhood. "It's just non-stop," she said. "It sounds like gunshots. One night, I was laying in bed and thought there was a war going off outside."
More than 40 towns in Maine have enacted ordinances restricting or outright banning the use and sale of fireworks, including Bangor, Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Freeport and Orono.