SOX WIN MEANS FIREWORKS IN FREEDOM

by Christian Mower on October 30, 2013

RESIDENTS OF A SMALL TOWN IN CARROLL COUNTY COULD TEST THE TOWN’S FIREWORKS ORDINANCE THIS WEEK – IF THE BOSTON RED SOX BEAT THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AND WIN THE WORLD SERIES.

JOSH SHACKFORD – THE POLICE CHIEF IN FREEDOM, JUST SOUTH OF CONWAY THAT BORDERS WESTERN MAINE – SAYS HE ASKED TOWN LEADERS FOR A FIREWORKS ORDINANCE A FEW YEARS AGO TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDING TO COMPLAINTS – AND TOWN MODERATOR DON JOHNSON PROPOSED – AND GOT APPROVAL FOR – AN AMENDMENT ALLOWING FIREWORKS TO BE USED WHENEVER THE RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES.

ENACTED IN 2010, THE ORDINANCE HAS YET TO BE TESTED. IT ALLOWS FREEDOM RESIDENTS TO LIGHT OFF FIREWORKS ON HOLIDAYS LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE – AS WELL AS ““24 HOURS FOLLOWING THE FINAL OUT WHEN THE RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES.”

SHACKFORD STRESSES FIREWORKS NEED TO BE USED LAWFULLY AND SAFELY – AND ADULTS MUST DIRECTLY SUPERVISE MINORS. HE DOESN’T THINK IT WILL BE PROBLEM FOR THE TOWN SINCE MANY RESIDENTS ARE SEASONAL.

JOHNSON SAYS IF THE SOX WIN, HE HOPES TO GET BACK TO FREEDOM FROM A BUSINESS TRIP TO LIGHT SOME OFF WITHIN THE ALLOTED TIME PERIOD.

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