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Fireworks Law & Regulations
Fireworks Are Legal in The State of Maine with some exceptions as described below.
Under Chapter 416 "An Act to Legalize the Sale, Possession and Use of Fireworks" fireworks have been broken into three categories as follows:
Consumer Fireworks has the same meaning as in 27 Code of
Federal Regulations, Section 555.11 or subsequent provision, but includes only products that are tested
and certified by a 3rd-party testing laboratory as conforming with United States Consumer Product Safety
Commission standards, in accordance with 15 United States Code, Chapter 47. "Consumer fireworks"
does not include the following products which are illegal to sell, use or possess in Maine :
For more information on consumer fireworks in Maine, go to: Consumer Fireworks in Maine or call Michelle Mason Webber at (207) 626-3873. For information on licensing to sell consumer fireworks in Maine, contact Tim Fuller at (207) 626-3888.
Fireworks means any combustible or explosive composition or substance; any combination of such compositions or substances; or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including blank cartridges or toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel it, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents, or other fireworks of like construction; any fireworks containing any explosive substance or flammable compound; or any other device containing any explosive substance or flammable compound. The term "Fireworks" does not include Consumer fireworks or toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper caps or plastic caps containing 25/100 grains or less of explosive compound are used if they are constructed so that the hand can not come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion, toy pistol paper caps or plastic caps that contain less than 20/100 grains of explosive mixture, sparklers that do not contain magnesium chlorates or perchlorates or signal, antique or replica cannons if no projectile is fired.
Display or Commercial Grade Fireworks are fireworks that only trained and licensed pyrotechnicians may handle and use within a regulatory structure set forth in Title 8, Chapter 9-A.
It is the duty of the Investigations division of the State Fire Marshal's Office to enforce the following legislation.
Title 8, Section 222. A person may not possess or have under that person's control fireworks, unless they have a permit.
Title 8, Section 223. No person may sell or possess fireworks.
Title 8, 223-A. A person may not sell consumer fireworks without a license. See Consumer Fireworks In Maine
Title 8, Section 224. No person may store fireworks, except as permitted by the Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal's Office.
Title 8, Section 225. No person may transport fireworks, except as permitted by the Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal's Office.
Title 8, Section 226. No person may engage in the business of a fireworks display without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal's Office.
Title 8, Section 227 Any person, municipality or association, desiring to discharge fireworks, must apply to the Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal's Office for a permit to discharge at least ten days in advance of the display.
Please remember: "Be Careful with Fireworks!"
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