Maine Firework Sales Blast Expectations

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 year ago

Sales at fireworks stores around the state have far exceeded initial expectations.This since fireworks became legal last year for the first time in over sixty years.Maine Revenue Services estimated that firework stores would bring in around $120,000 dollars a year in sales tax.In reality, the stores more than tripled that amount bringing in a whopping $380,000 for the last 12 month period ending May 31st.”Yeah, from their prediction to what it actually was surprising and I know they predicted I think around 20 stores in the first year. We’re only up to 18, so that’s a lot of revenue for way under the amount of stores that they were predicting,” said William Sewall, Co-Owner and Vice President of Short Fuse Fireworks in Old Town. But it shouldn’t be too much of a shock for this co-owner who has seen sales explode since they opened one year ago. “We’re seeing business everyday. Monday Tuesday are a little bit slower but the next week, we think its really going to be cranking in here. It kind of helps I think that the forth is going to fall on a Thursday this year because you are going to have people celebrating on the forth but also people have to work so you’re going to have another waive of people coming out to but for next weekend,” said Sewall. This twosome have been regular customers since the Old Town store got it’s start.”Once you guys opened up we come up here quite often for birthday parties and retirements. We do a big show at the house on Forth of July,” said Daphene Pelletier, a Milford native. They were expecting to spend around $7-800 on supplies this Forth with the help of some friends chipping in of course. “A couple times a year so why not spend it. It’s worth it. It’s worth it. It brings people together, you laugh, you joke,” she said. Short Fuse gets around 5-20 big purchases like this a day during this time of the year which seems to explain the $7.6 million in sales Maine firework stores raked in over the past year.”No it’s a great thing. We’re creating jobs, were bringing revenue into the state, it’s a win win situation,” said Sewall.


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