A possible disaster was averted on Friday night thanks to a quick-thinking Maine police officer.

WGME News 13 is reporting that somebody lit off a firework on the Beach in Old Orchard on Friday night. That firework then sparked a subsequent grass fire on a nearby dune.

Reports say that the fire was moving in the direction of the Surf 6 restaurant on Old Orchard Beach.

A nearby police officer was able to get on scene less than 60 seconds after the initial firework went off. The officer was then able to put the fire out.

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WGME goes on to report that consumer fireworks are illegal to use in Old Orchard Beach and violators can receive fines of up to $500.

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