BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Heading into the Independence Day holiday weekend, Governor Paul LePage signed a bill today that will legalize the sale, possession and use of fireworks.
The Governor signed LD 83 on the waterfront in Bangor. He said he is glad that Mainers will spend there money here instead of crossing the border to New Hampshire.
The legislation does set some guidelines. Consumer fireworks must be stored in a building exclusively used for the storage and sale of fireworks. The building must meet all fire safety and building codes.
Representative Doug Damon is the sponsor of the bill. He says he has been inundated with calls from constituents interested in selling fireworks. Damon says, " Its a 5 thousand dollar first time fee which goes to the state to help cover cost of the administration and 15 hundred dollars a year there after. They have to fill out the form. Take the test and do the background checks and what not. And they have to go to their community and tell them because the community can opt out."
People wont be able to buy fireworks legally in Maine this July Fourth. The law will not take effect until January 1st 2012.