MONMOUTH—Selectmen are hosting a forum Wednesday to give the public a chance to talk about fireworks and the possibility of adding rules to control their use.

The forum, scheduled for 6 p.m., at Cumston Hall, will include an overview  of the current law, complaints handled by police and firefighters, proposals for an ordinance, and a look at what other communities have done to control fireworks used since the state in January lifted a decades-long ban. 

Selectmen in July accepted a petition signed by 56 residents asking selectmen to examine the town’s fireworks ordinance. The town does not currently have an ordinance—it relies on state guidelines to regulate use—but the board opted to hold a forum to hear residents’ concerns.

Several towns have banned fireworks. Others, such as neighboring Winthrop, have developed ordinances that ban sales or place further controls on when and where the pyrotechnics can be used.

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