Fireworks sales a booming success statewide

ELLSWORTH — Things have been explosive in Augusta these days, but at least one aspect of the pyrotechnics is welcome news to state officials.

And that is the revenue generated by the first year of legal fireworks sales in Maine.

The expectation was that fireworks stores would sell $2.5 million in recreational explosives, generating $120,000 in sales tax revenue.

The reality is owners of fireworks shops sold $7.6 million in product — virtually all of it made in China — to generate $380,000 in revenue.

That is based on figures for the 12-month period ending May 31.

The sale of fireworks had been illegal in Maine for more than six decades. Legislators last year repealed the ban instituted in 1949.

The law does limit the sale of fireworks to municipalities where they are approved and requires people to be 21 to purchase and use them.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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