Fireworks complaints have dropped dramatically in Waterville and Winslow since the Fourth of July, and so have fireworks sales.

Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, police in Waterville answered 116 calls about fireworks — including 16 calls on July 4, according to police dispatch logs. From July 5 onward, however, police responded to fewer than 20 calls.

During the same time periods, Winslow police responded to 76 calls and six calls, respectively.

Steve Marson, owner of consumer fireworks chain Pyro City Maine, said sales at his five stores have slowed since the Fourth but haven’t come to a standstill.

“People aren’t knocking down the door like they were, but we have customers coming every day to our stores, and usually business picks up quite a bit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” he said.

Marson added that customers also are buying less than they did on the days immediately before the Fourth of July.

“People were spending a couple hundred dollars to put on their own little show. People are now buying anywhere between $25 and $100 to do something special for their weekend,” he said.

Marson anticipates his stores — which are in Edgecomb, Ellsworth, Manchester, Presque Isle and Winslow — will remain open throughout the year, despite reduced sales.

“I believe, based upon the spending habits of people today, all five of my stores will remain open year-round,” he said. “We’re pleased with the way the business has continued since the Fourth.”

Marson predicted that in addition to Memorial Day and Fourth of July, fireworks use will increase during Labor Day weekend, New Year’s Eve and other holidays.

“I think there’s a half a dozen holidays a year when people are going to buy fireworks more than they normally would,” he said.

Fireworks were legalized in Maine on Jan. 1 after a decades-old ban. Individual municipalities can ban the use and sale of fireworks, according to the law.

In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, police from Waterville and Winslow struggled to keep up with the calls, and officials devised strategies to deal with it.

In Waterville, city councilors voted unanimously to ban fireworks use. That rule took effect June 18.

In Winslow, town councilors formed a committee to look into the issue, which presented its findings at a July 9 meeting. The committee proposed restricting fireworks use to 12 annual holidays and to properties greater than 1 acre. No vote was taken.

Marson acknowledged that consumer fireworks kept police busy initially, but predicted that as Mainers grow accustomed to fireworks, there will be fewer complaints, even during peak holidays.

In the meantime, fireworks users should communicate with their neighbors, Marson said.

“Let your neighbor know what you’re doing so it’s not a surprise to them,” he said. “People should have the responsibility to let their neighbors know what’s going on.”

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