Maine fireworks stores see increased sales, officials stress safety

With communities across Maine canceling fireworks shows due to the coronavirus outbreaks, stores that sell personal fireworks have seen a boost in sales.“The public is now looking to do fireworks in their own yard,” Pyro City Fireworks owner Steve Marson said.Marson said sales at his stores across the state are up 30%, which has him concerned about people who have never set off their own fireworks injuring themselves.“That is my biggest fear as a businessman, that I want people to do it safely,” Marson said.Mainers who want to set off their own fireworks must check the rules and regulations with their city or town. Not all communities allow people to set off personal fireworks. Others have strict regulations.Safety is a top concern of the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office.“We’ve seen from burns to deaths with them. They can be dangerous,” Maine Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said.Thomas said fireworks should only be purchased and used by those 21 and there are penalties if a child is allowed to use them.“Based on the action by a court, it could be fining it could be incarceration,” Thomas said.Marson said his employees educate customers on what they are buying and how to use it.“Read the directions. Read the safety brochures. Have the safety stuff. You need to do it safely,” Marson said.Mainers are also encouraged to check the daily fire danger report and bans posted by the Maine Forest Service.

With communities across Maine canceling fireworks shows due to the coronavirus outbreaks, stores that sell personal fireworks have seen a boost in sales.

“The public is now looking to do fireworks in their own yard,” Pyro City Fireworks owner Steve Marson said.

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Marson said sales at his stores across the state are up 30%, which has him concerned about people who have never set off their own fireworks injuring themselves.

“That is my biggest fear as a businessman, that I want people to do it safely,” Marson said.

Mainers who want to set off their own fireworks must check the rules and regulations with their city or town. Not all communities allow people to set off personal fireworks. Others have strict regulations.

Safety is a top concern of the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office.

“We’ve seen from burns to deaths with them. They can be dangerous,” Maine Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said.

Thomas said fireworks should only be purchased and used by those 21 and there are penalties if a child is allowed to use them.

“Based on the action by a court, it could be fining it could be incarceration,” Thomas said.

Marson said his employees educate customers on what they are buying and how to use it.

“Read the directions. Read the safety brochures. Have the safety stuff. You need to do it safely,” Marson said.

Mainers are also encouraged to check the daily fire danger report and bans posted by the Maine Forest Service.