Fighting over Fireworks.
“Talk of Maine” piece on fireworks in Maine. The state legalized consumer fireworks just two years ago, in 2011, but a measure seeking to ban them again has just been brought before the Maine Legislature. Rep. Michel Lajoie cites injuries, fires, and disturbance to animals and to combat veterans as reasons for the proposed ban. Opponents, such as Steven Marson who owns several retail fireworks stores, argue that fireworks had a $25 million impact on the Maine economy in the past year. Article includes a brief history of legislation in Maine that has addressed the issue of fireworks over the years, going back to statehood in 1821.
Beem, Edgar Allen, "Fighting over Fireworks." (2013). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 4084.