How do you get rid of used fireworks?
This Sunday, the sky will be lit up with fireworks for the Fourth of July, but how do you to get rid those fireworks once the celebration is over?
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – This Sunday, the sky will be lit up with fireworks for the Fourth of July, but how do you to get rid those fireworks once the celebration is over?
City officials say it’s important that Lincoln residents know how to properly dispose of used fireworks in order to reduce the possibility of explosions or water pollution.
“We really don’t want those fireworks to go into the back of the garbage truck,” waste conversion coordinator Willa DiCostanzo said. “We don’t want them to go into the trash can unless they’re fully extinguished with water.”
Some people have made a habit of tossing spent fireworks into storm drains, which is harmful to the environment.
“For Fourth of July, we encourage people to pick them up and dispose of them properly, do not sweep them down the storm drain, because they’ll all end up in the storm drainage,” superintendent of stormwater Ben Higgins said.
So what’s the right way to dispose of fireworks?
-Let them cool for 20 minutes
-Dunk them into a bucket of water for 15 minutes.
-Put the remains in a plastic bag
-Sweep up any leftover dust
-Tie the bag securely
-Put the remains in a metal garbage can and leave it on your driveway
-Dump the bucket with the leftover water down the toilet.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Oak Lake Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 5. To register as a volunteer and for more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (search cleanup). KLLCB has Community Improvement grants available to individuals or groups who cleanup litter from public roads and parks. Guidelines and applications are at lincoln.ne.gov (search: cleanup grants).
Unexploded fireworks and ammunition may be taken to a free collection event hosted by the Bureau of Fire Prevention from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 5 in the east parking lot at Oak Lake Park, North First and Charleston streets.