How to Get Rid of Fireworks

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Firework safety doesn't end when the show does.
Firework safety doesn't end when the show does. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fireworks add a burst of color and excitement to celebrations, but they can also be very dangerous. Fireworks contain highly combustible material and there is a risk of burns and uncontrolled explosions. Firework safety doesn't end with the show -- proper disposal is an important part of using fireworks safely. Some local police and fire departments have firework disposal services, but if you're doing it from home, it only takes a few simple steps to dispose of fireworks safely.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Garden hose
  • Garbage bags

Proper firework disposal

Do not touch spent, partially-spent or "dud" fireworks for at least 30 minutes after firing to allow time for them to cool down. Do not attempt to relight any of them.

Wait at least 30 minutes after the display before handling fireworks.
Wait at least 30 minutes after the display before handling fireworks. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fill a large bucket with water from a garden hose or outdoor tap.

Make sure your bucket is large enough for all the fireworks.
Make sure your bucket is large enough for all the fireworks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Submerge all spent, partially-spent and "dud" fireworks in the water and leave them to soak for 24 hours.

The water will make sure the fireworks are no longer a danger.
The water will make sure the fireworks are no longer a danger. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Put the soaked fireworks into a regular garbage bag, then put that into another garbage bag to prevent leaks.

Double bag to prevent leaks.
Double bag to prevent leaks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Put the bags into your normal garbage bin.

Following these steps, fireworks can be put in with your usual garbage.
Following these steps, fireworks can be put in with your usual garbage. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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