Canceled Fourth of July celebrations cost Maine fireworks company $1M

A Maine fireworks company that lights up the skies in communities across New England on the Fourth of July said the coronavirus outbreak has hit them hard.Central Maine Pyrotechnics owner Steve Marston said his company would have been gearing up for more than 100 shows.Communities across Maine were forced to cancel their fireworks shows because of the pandemic.“There’s no way to really social distance and do it safely, and I understand,” Marston said.Marston said his company has lost $1 million due to the canceled shows.This week, instead of setting fireworks off at 110 shows, Marston’s crew of 55 licensed fireworks technicians are doing 12 public and 12 private displays.“People that weren’t having fireworks in their own community started pooling money together and called us and said we’d like to have a private display,” Marston said.The private displays at weddings and campgrounds will keep social distancing in mind.Marston said his crews will set fireworks off the top of a mountain in Houlton.“People can stay in their own homes and be able to see this display we are doing up there,” Marston said.He said some municipalities have pushed their Fourth of July fireworks to Labor Day, but they are contingent on what happens with the virus between now and then.“The potential to lose that $300,000 in business on Labor Day weekend because there’s an emergency shutdown that continues,” Marston said.Marston said he owns several fireworks stores in Maine, and they have seen a 30% increase in businesses as people buy them for their own displays.Marston urged anyone planning to set off their town fireworks to follow recommended safety guidelines.

A Maine fireworks company that lights up the skies in communities across New England on the Fourth of July said the coronavirus outbreak has hit them hard.

Central Maine Pyrotechnics owner Steve Marston said his company would have been gearing up for more than 100 shows.

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Communities across Maine were forced to cancel their fireworks shows because of the pandemic.

“There’s no way to really social distance and do it safely, and I understand,” Marston said.

Marston said his company has lost $1 million due to the canceled shows.

This week, instead of setting fireworks off at 110 shows, Marston’s crew of 55 licensed fireworks technicians are doing 12 public and 12 private displays.

“People that weren’t having fireworks in their own community started pooling money together and called us and said we’d like to have a private display,” Marston said.

The private displays at weddings and campgrounds will keep social distancing in mind.

Marston said his crews will set fireworks off the top of a mountain in Houlton.

“People can stay in their own homes and be able to see this display we are doing up there,” Marston said.

He said some municipalities have pushed their Fourth of July fireworks to Labor Day, but they are contingent on what happens with the virus between now and then.

“The potential to lose that $300,000 in business on Labor Day weekend because there’s an emergency shutdown that continues,” Marston said.

Marston said he owns several fireworks stores in Maine, and they have seen a 30% increase in businesses as people buy them for their own displays.

Marston urged anyone planning to set off their town fireworks to follow recommended safety guidelines.