The word "fireworks" is deceiving and, at best, misleading. The majority of them should be classified as explosives and treated as such — with the greatest respect.
The 125th Maine Legislature enacted Public Law Chapter 416 — An Act to Legalize the Sale, Possession and Use of Fireworks (or explosives). Did the Legislature open a Pandora's box?
Thirty-seven communities in Maine, including Auburn, have voted to keep the ban on use of fireworks intact, yet I hear the explosions in our city nearly every day.
New pyrotechnic stores are opening all around us, advertising their newest and best assortment of fireworks, such as one called "Wake the Neighbors."
Just because Gov. Paul LePage wants the tax revenues that the sale of fireworks is bringing, must the public's safety be put at risk?
City officials may want to rethink the actions of the last council and rehire its fire prevention officer. And with the recent fires and personal injuries caused since LD 83, perhaps elected officials should revisit the wisdom of banning fireworks again.
Larry Pelletier, Auburn