Police continue to deal with fireworks noise complaints

6:25 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Despite the postponement of some Independence Day festivities Wednesday night, a number of local police departments were still responding to fireworks noise complaints.

In some communities where fireworks are illegal, police had as many as 90 fireworks related calls in Portland, 36 in South Portland, and 32 in Auburn. 

In some cities where fireworks complaints have been increasing such as South Portland, some residents say they've been hearing fireworks going off a lot after dark, and police say complaints have come from all sections of the city.

South Portland Police say they were busy Wednesday night responding to more than three dozen calls.  Police say they're frustrated because they aren't able to keep up with all of the calls.  The noise complaints have been increasing in recent weeks, and for some people in South Portland, they've been noticing the noise all summer.

"I live up near the Small School in South Portland, and every night 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11p.m., almost every night, every other night for the last month or so, there seems to be some sort of discharge.  So we're getting a little used to it, but still," South Portland resident Josh Stabile said.

South Portland Police say there was one incident Wednesday night where they seized between $500-600 worth of fireworks. They say they will be out patrolling again Thursday night responding to complaints that come in.


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