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We all love Fourth of July from the fun cookouts by day and the exciting fireworks shows by night. A grand firework display is such a great way to celebrate our country’s independence and is probably the most iconic part of Fourth of July. Unfortunately, fireworks aren’t the best for our environment, especially when not disposed of properly.
Fireworks are a huge cause of air pollution and water pollution this time of year. According to Time Magazine, Fourth of July fireworks contribute to an increase in particulate pollution by 42% across the U.S. Have you seen the amount of smoke and smog after a big fireworks show? Beyond that, fireworks are often set off over a body of water for fire safety. When the used fireworks land, however, the chemicals and heavy metals used to create the vibrant and exciting colors are then deposited in that body of water and aren’t often retrieved and properly disposed.
If you’re planning a fireworks show, or even if you’re doing a few fountain fireworks on the street in your neighborhood, follow these disposal tips to reduce the amount of environmental damage and potential fire hazards this holiday:
Completely submerge your fireworks in water after you use them or if you have a ‘dud’ or a misfired firework. The best way to do this is to use a bucket of water and let the firework sit until entirely saturated. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes for smaller fireworks to overnight for larger fireworks.
Wrap Them Up
Wrap your waterlogged fireworks in plastic wrap or plastic bags to keep in moisture. Double wrap for extra safety.
Safe to Throw Away
Now that your fireworks are wrapped up, you can place the firework in your trash can or take it to the local waste facility.
Know Your Options
While this process is a great way to avoid fire and environmental issues while disposing of fireworks, your community may have more options. Check with your local Fire Department or solid waste facility for other disposal possibilities.
We hope you all have a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July!
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