Firework Frenzy

When fireworks became legal in Maine last year, there was an audible ‘@#$%&*” from the horse community.

Fireworks tend to freak horses out, especially when combined with darkness and surprise (I’m pretty sure horses don’t have 9pm, July 4th marked on their calendars.).

The results can be scary and potentially tragic as horses bolt from this loud, bright, indeterminable danger.

fireworksMaine legislators have submitted a total of six bills to change the current firework legalization, according to Peggy Schaffer, Small Business Advocate in the Secretary of State’s office.
Representive Lizzie Dickerson (D) of Rockland has put forth “An Act to protect Farm Animals from Noise from the Discharge of Fireworks or other Explosives.”

The bill prohibits the use of consumer fireworks or explosives, either loose or contained within a tube, within one mile of a field or pasture that contains livestock.
With any luck, concerned horse owners will have some legal support by summer or so. But it may not happen without our community testifying.

Contact your representatives and consider speaking up at the committee-level public hearings.

If state laws fail to restrict fireworks near your barn, Dickerson and Schaffer both mentioned that towns can enact specific restrictions. For change on the municipal level, start by contacting your town or city representatives and attend town meetings.
All firework-related bills will go through the Criminal Justice committee before heading on to the House and Senate.
To follow proceedings, check out the legislative calendar here.
Connect with Schaffer here.
Connect with Dickerson here.

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  1. It is so dangerous to have fireworks going off near a barn, horses run and if they are riding even the calm horse will jump all four feet off the ground. Restrictions must be made before someone gets hurt. We need firework–free zones.

  2. I agree the fireworks needs to stop I have had them go off 1 to 2 times a week at random hours. Someone is going to get hurt while working their horse or the horse will be the one getting injured. I am all for restrictions on fireworks!!

  3. None of these bills seem really good to me. I might go along with the mile limit near farms.
    My proposal would be no fireworks within 1/2 mile of a farm and only on July 3rd , 4th, and Dec.. 31st between 9 and 11 p.m.

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