Independence Day is a time to celebrate with backyard barbecues, lounging in the pool, and of course, fireworks. There’s nothing we love more than patriotic pyrotechnics. Fireworks are loud, colorful, and convey American bombast better than a sheet cake flag with strawberry stripes and blueberry stars. But what happens after the fireworks show? What do you do with used or old fireworks? The last thing you want is to have your holiday end in a fire. Make sure the bombs bursting in air do so safely by following these helpful tips for a care-free 4th of July celebration.
- Keep a water-filled bucket or small tub nearby for any used fireworks. Leave them to soak for at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight. Keep spent fireworks saturated to mitigate potential rekindling, sparks, or fire hazards.
- If you have any unused or misfired fireworks, remove the wick/fuse and soak them in water.
- NEVER put fireworks into a recycling bin. Fireworks CANNOT be recycled!
- While a fireproof container is best, soak spent fireworks in water and double-bag them in lieu of a specified container.
- DO NOT dispose of fireworks in a bonfire. EVER! We realize it might seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised just how often this occurs. You never know if there are unspent explosive materials inside used fireworks.
- Many fire departments and police stations accept fireworks and will ensure they are disposed of properly. Consider handing over your used fireworks if uncomfortable disposing of them yourself.
We hope you find this information helpful and wish everyone a happy, safe, and fun Fourth of July!