AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's first 4th of July under a new law that makes fireworks legal is right around the corner and that has state fire officials feeling a bit anxious.
"I'm really hoping that people do it responsibly. Our biggest concern is that they'll get in the hands of children and someone gets hurt", said Acting Fire Marshal Joe Thomas.
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Another concern is the large number of visitors now flowing into Maine for the Summer who are unaware of the bans and rules. While the sale and use of fireworks is now legal in Maine the law allows individual communities to continue to ban them and that's what many of them chose to do. In the ones that do allow them, there are rules that go along with their use.
"If a parent purchases them a child can't use them, you have to be 21-years of age and they have to be shot from your own property or property where you have the property owners permission", said Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow.
The State Fire Marshal's Office has a complete up to date list on all the rules and regulations for fireworks use and what the local city and town ordinances are on it's website.