As the 4th of July approaches, many will be gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence with a big family get together, a little backyard grilling, and maybe a game of all-American baseball or two. However, the introduction of fireworks into these celebrations can prove disastrous when in Maine. Under Maine Title 9-A, the possession, transportation or storage of fireworks other than sparklers, morning glories and paper or plastic caps without a permit can fetch up to $1000 in fines and a maximum of 6 months in jail, provided the value of the fireworks exceeds $100. If your intent is to sell, you can be fined amounts up to $20,000 and face a 10 year jail sentence (depending on the value of the fireworks). The take-home message is this: don’t party too hard, and especially not with illegal fireworks. Celebrating the USA’s freedom is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it’s better to be able to celebrate your own freedom.