2015-07-17 / Community

Three cited for fireworks use

By Duke Harrington Staff Writer

KENNEBUNKPORT — Three people in Kennebunkport got a little too expressive when they were celebrating American independence during the week leading up to the July 4 holiday, local police say.

In 2012, just months after the Maine state legislature legalized consumer fireworks, Kennebunkport followed suit by enacting a local ban on the combustible product.

Fireworks are not allowed to be sold or used within town limits without a special permit.

Allegedly failing to comply with that requirement was North Street resident Ethan Parrish, 25, along with two people from away — Shana Dobson, 39, of Roslindale, Massachusetts, and John Burke, 55, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Burke, charged first, was cited at 9:56 p.m. on Friday, June 26, on Old Cape Road. Dobson was charged a week later, at 10:13 p.m. on Friday July 3, on Mills Road. Parrish, meanwhile was cited on the actual holiday, at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, on Arundel Road.

Burke is scheduled to make an appearance in Biddeford District Court on Aug. 19, while Dobson and Parrish have court dates scheduled for Sept. 9.

Kennebunkport’s fireworks ordinance calls for a fine of between $200 and $400 for a first offence, while the penalty ranges from $300 to $600 for each subsequent offense.

According to Kurt Moses, deputy chief with the Kennebunkport Police Department, there were for more complaints for fireworks noise than citations, although the number of complaints was less than one might expect.

“We always have more issues than we’re able to track down, especially on the Fourth of July,” Moses said Monday., June 13. “By the time we get there, it’s usually over. But we actually didn’t have a lot (of complaints) over the Fourth of July.

“To be honest, I think people are just a little more tolerant at that time. They’re pretty much going off on a continual basis on the Fourth, and we don’t get a lot of complaints, comparatively. At other times of the year, people are more apt to call us.”

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