Here are Links to Maine Fireworks Regulations, State and Local
The United States of America is 240 years old. You want to celebrate. But you want and need to do it safely and with consideration. The Maine State Government has provided links on regulation and use of fireworks in the state so that you will know this Fourth of July where you stand legally.
- General Guide To Consumer Fireworks Use (this is the general state law in effect if a town doesn't have a consumer fireworks ordinance) (PDF, 51 KB)
- List of Town and City Consumer Fireworks Ordinances
- State Map of Towns with Consumer Fireworks Ordinances as of May 11, 2016 (PDF, 1 page, 936 KB)
- Fireworks Safety Tips (PDF, 1 page)
- Fireworks Injury Report Form (PDF, 1 page, 46 KB)
- Maine's Consumer Fireworks Law
- List of consumer fireworks that are illegal to sell, use, or possess in Maine
- How to Dispose of Consumer Fireworks (Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection webpage)
- Application and Checklist and Prescribed Municipal Permit
- Adopted Rule, Chapter 36, Consumer Fireworks Sales License
- National Fire Protection Association, Code 1124
- 2001 American Pyrotechnics Association Standard 87-1, 2001 edition
- U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Summary of Consumer Fireworks Regulations
- Consumer Products Safety Commission 2014 Fireworks Annual Report (PDF, 45 pages, 348 KB)
- National Fire Protection Association 2013 Report on Fireworks(PDF)
- National Council on Fireworks Safety
- 2015 Legislative Report on Consumer Fireworks in Maine (PDF, 7 pages, 218 KB)
- 2014 Legislative Report on Consumer Fireworks in Maine (PDF, 5 pages, 90 KB)
- 2013 Legislative Report on Consumer Fireworks in Maine (PDF, 10 pages, 109 KB)
- 2012 Legislative Report on Consumer Fireworks in Maine (PDF, 39 pages, 311 KB)
The State of Maine wants to make clear that illegal use will not be tolerated.
Under Chapter 416, "An Act to Legalize the Sale, Use, and Possession of Fireworks" the following products are illegal to sell, use, or possess in Maine.
- Missile Type Rockets. A device similar to a sky rocket in size, composition, and effect that uses fins rather than a stick for guidance and stability. Missiles shall not contain more than 20 grams of total chemical composition.
- Helicopters and Aerial Spinners. A tube containing more than 20 grams of chemical composition, with a propeller blade attached. Upon ignition the rapidly spinning device rises into the air. A visible or audible effect may be produced at or near the height of flight.
- Sky Rockets and Bottle Rockets. Cylindrical tube containing not more than 20 grams of chemical composition as prescribed under section 3.7 and Table 4.3-1 of the American Pyrotechnics Association Standard 87-1 with a wooden stick attached for guidance and stability. Rockets rise into the air upon ignition. A burst of color and/or sound may be produced at or near the height of flight.
Sky lanterns are illegal to use, buy, sell or possess in Maine: Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 page, 51 KB)
Illegal Explosive Devices from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Enjoy your holiday and remember, if you are unsure where you stand with regard to fireworks you plan to use, check the links above.