Business is Booming for Old Town Fireworks Store

For the first time in 63 years, it was legal in Maine to have fireworks flying off the shelf. One store in Old Town saw that happen right before their eyes.

Co-owner of Short Fuse, William Sewall said, “We’ve had lines anywhere from 50-80 people stretching down one side of the store wrapping around one of the aisles with three cash registers open.”

Short Fuse just opened only 5 days before the biggest fireworks day of the year, Independence day. They had a full load, over an 18-wheeler full, but even that wasn’t enough.

“We have some bare sports on our shelves and we’re scrambling to get them filled, but that’s where we’re at, we sold a lot of fire works, really fast,” the co-owner said.

Because the legalization of consumer fire works were new, many people came in asking questions. Sewall says he was giving tours and handing out pamphlets.

“A lot of people coming in and their asking, “I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know what I’m looking at, Can you explain?”

Besides which fireworks to use, many people were concerned with safety.

Old Town Fire Chief, Steve O’Malley, said “The key is to use new fireworks that are purchased in the state of Maine. Everything that’s purchased in the state is because the Fire Marshall’s office had a great handle on the stores. In Maine, they are legal and can be fired safely.”

The number of fireworks related injuries were much lower than expected.

“I think the fire marshall in the state were investigating a couple, as far as old town goes, we did not receive any calls for injuries,” the Fire Chief explained.

But there are still many questions about the new law. O’Malley says many residents have been calling and asking questions like, “What time do they have to stop type of compliants which are in the law, can they fire off this property?”

For complete information on the law, you can check out or head to your local fire department.

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