SKOWHEGAN — Residents voted Tuesday to ban the sale of consumer fireworks, but agreed to allow the use of fireworks in Skowhegan under state guidelines.

A state law that took effect in January allows the sale and use of fireworks throughout Maine and it’s up to communities to regulate them further.

The vote totals for the three options of the fireworks sales ban were:

* 445 votes to ban

* 429 to use state guidelines

* 245 to restrict the sale through a local ordinance.

The vote totals for the three options to allow fireworks use were:

* 411 to use state guidelines

* 405 to ban the use

* 294 to restrict use through an ordinance.

State regulation allows use of all but missile-type rockets, “helicopters” and aerial spinners, sky rockets and bottle rockets, but allows single-shell mortars, reloadable tubes, box barrages, Roman candles, sparklers, firecrackers and fountains.

 


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