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Celebrating Safely: How to Properly Dispose of Fireworks

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, and you load up for your backyard firework show, you need to be prepared on how to properly dispose of fireworks. Throwing away leftover debris, duds, or even unused fireworks can be a huge fire hazard.
Each year, more than 16,000 fires are started by fireworks. To prevent fires from starting follow these THREE easy steps:

  1. Soak any used, unused or misfired fireworks and soak them completely in a bucket of water overnight.2.
  2.  Soak your ordinance in a bucket of water for at least 15 minutes. Some recommend up to 48 hours, but that’s not necessary if they’re wet throughout.
  3. Once fireworks are completely wet, drain access water and place them into a resealable plastic bag to help maintain moisture. You don’t want them to dry out again.

Fireworks are not considered hazardous household waste and can be placed in the trash. Fireworks should not be placed in recycling or yard waste containers. Fireworks are made with harsh chemicals, metals and fuel. If you don’t properly clean-up and dispose of them, the chemicals can leak into our groundwater and cause significant damage. Store any unused fireworks in a dry, cool place away from electrical appliances. You can always check the manufacturer’s directions concerning storage and use-by dates.

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