July 4th brings big boom for legal fireworks sales

7:35 PM, Jul 2, 2012   |    comments
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OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The fast-approaching July 4th holiday has meant big business for fireworks stores across Maine.

Fireworks were legalized for sale and use in the state last summer. The new law took effect at the beginning of this year.

With Independence Day just two days away, fireworks stores are reporting strong sales. Some of those stores opened in just the last few weeks.

Fireworks are not legal everywhere in Maine as several towns and cities have passed ordinances outlawing their sales and use. Ellsworth was one city that did not. Employees at 'Pyro City' say they have been doing thousands of dollars in business each day.

'Short Fuse Fireworks' in Old Town is also reporting robust sales. Its owner, David Sewall, says since opening the store has been packed.

"Right now we have anywhere between 20 and 30 people in the store," he said, "and when it's slow in here, it's like 15 people...when it's busy we have about 100 people in here."

'Short Fuse Fireworks' is looking to expand in the Bangor area. 'Pyro City' already has five locations across the state.

NEWS CENTER

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