Mainers not as fired up about fireworks as state enters third summer since legalization


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WINDHAM, Maine — Fireworks sales are down in Maine as retailers say exploding gadgets are losing some of their sparkle with customers.

State officials say sales tax from fireworks generated $278,083 from June 2013 to May of this year. The figure represents a loss of more than $100,000 from the prior 12-month period. The sales tax figure works out to about a drop of about 28 percent in sales from the previous year.

The sales tax revenues remain higher than the state's original estimate of $120,000 a year from fireworks sales.

Fireworks became legal in Maine on Jan. 1, 2012 after the repeal of a six-decade old law. People must be 21 years old to purchase and use fireworks in Maine.

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