“Eagles and fireworks are both sort of this great American tradition,” Hess added. “But I can’t think of a more perfectly startling thing than a firework.”
Town administrator Mark Walter announced that an official display was not planned. Residents have been threatened with fines and jail time should any fireworks harm the nest. Walter said DEEP would be “available for dispatch if needed.”
“The resident trooper will be the enforcement agency to make any finds concerning illegal fireworks,” he said.
“I would not be happy if something happens to that eaglet,” said 28-year resident Janice Thibodeau. Though she said her neighbors have already purchased thousands of dollars in fireworks as they do every year, she suggested that they wait until Labor Day to fire them.
Though bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, harming them invites prosecution on the state and federal levels.
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An email from Hess was forwarded to the residents of the town regarding the decision. A copy of the email was shared with Rare.us: