Fireworks play a large role in celebrations from New Years to the Fourth of July. While they’re a great excuse to gather together and beautiful to look at, they can also be dangerous to you, your hauler, and the environment if they are not disposed of properly.

Once the smoke has cleared, dispose of your fireworks with these simple steps:

Step 1: Soak

Remove wicks from unused fireworks and completely submerge both used and unused fireworks in a bucket of water. Soaking them for 24 hours should do the trick!

Step 2: Bag

While they are still wet, place the soaked fireworks in a resealable plastic bag to help retain moisture. You don’t want to them to dry out again.

Step 3: Dispose

Place the bag of fireworks in your garbage cart. Fireworks should not be placed in recycling or yard waste containers.

If you have any unused fireworks, be sure to store them in a dry, cool place, away from electrical appliances. 

You can also take fireworks to your local police or fire station for collection.