Bridgton: Fireworks Sparking Widespread Complaints
Thu, 08/02/2012 - 12:03am (new)
Posted by pmrmsm
Fireworks sparking widespread complaints
Downtown Bridgton residents are realizing too late that they should have pressed harder last year for a fireworks ordinance in town, knowing a state law was to make the sale and use of consumer fireworks legal as of Jan 1, 2012. Since the 4th of July, some say the evening peace of their of their residential neighborhoods has been disrupted by loud reports from fireworks – and they want it to stop.
From the print version of the Bridgton News
I live in one of the neighborhoods in question. I do know what some of the people are talking about. Some of the complaints have been the shaking of buildings, setting off car alarms, setting these fireworks off past 10:00 at night, no consideration for young children who may be sleeping, no consideration for the elderly, there is concern about if the way it shakes some of the buildings if it could damage some of the historical buildings around the area. The town manager has said that this issue has been placed on the August 14th Selectmen’s meeting.
This was originally decided by selectmen to leave as is, meaning the same as state law and we would revisit it if we need to. One of the selectmen I spoke to had no idea we would be going into this quite this fast, but agrees something needs to be done because he could hear it and see it from his house over a mile away. Our neighborhood does sit up in elevation and this selectmen is located in a lower elevation, but could not believe where he traced it to when he found out.