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What to do about fireworks?
RUMFORD -- With the New Year, a new state law will allow citizens 21 and older to sell to purchase, possess, and light off fireworks.
However, municipalities may regulate fireworks within their borders. A number of communities have already banned fireworks, including Portland, Bangor and Lewiston.
The Rumford Board of Selectmen will soon be discussing what, if any, measures they will seek to take with their community.
At Thursday's board meeting, Fire Chief Bob Chase got the ball rolling when he presented the board with two ordinances.
One is a prohibition of use and sale of fireworks.
"You wouldn't be able to sell them. You'd only be able to use them," he noted. "You can't prohibit possession because now it's a law in this state."
The second ordinance would require local permitting for a local retailing facility to sell fireworks.
"With this, besides going to the state, a person would have to get signatures from the code enforcement officer, the fire chief and the police chief," said Chase.
He said an additional hurdle Rumford potentially has with this issue is that "our charter binds us from not being able to adopt ordinances before June. It is something that warrants further discussion, and immediate discussion."
Chase asked that this be placed on the Dec. 15 agenda.
"Part of what the town manager and I have talked about is a proposed moratorium on such a facility until either of those ordinances could go forward in June," said Chase.
Board Chairman Greg Buccina said that item would be placed on the next agenda.