GORHAM — The number of days per year that people can shoot off fireworks in town decreased from 365 to 56 on Tuesday.

The Town Council voted, 6-1, with Matt Mattingly opposed, to adopt an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks to July 3 and 4, Dec. 31, Jan.1 and Saturdays.

Several residents, who said the frequent use of fireworks in their neighborhoods has ruined their peace and quiet, asked the council to only allow them around the Fourth of July and New Year’s holidays.

But the council decided to allow them on Saturdays, as well, as recommended by its Ordinance Committee.

The new ordinance, which takes effect in 30 days, also requires people using fireworks to get a permit from the town, and prohibits their use within 150 feet of any structure. Those with a permit can only use them on their own property, unless they have written permission from a property owner.

Violations carry fines of $200 to $500.

The state Legislature voted last year to lift a longtime ban on the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Maine. The new law, which allows municipalities to enact local regulations, took effect on Jan. 1.

Dozens of towns and cities in the state have adopted laws banning or restricting the sale and use of fireworks.

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