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How to properly dispose of or store your unused fireworks

Posted on August 5, 2016 2:05 pm under Fires and Explosions

Americans spend and over an estimated $1 billion on fireworks for the Fourth of July alone, and a lot of these fireworks go unused.

If someone has leftover fireworks, there are several options available. If you want to completely get rid of your extra fireworks, Sgt. Terry Peterson from Everest Metro Police has a safe and very simple solution: render the fireworks safe just by leaving them submerged in water overnight and then they can be tossed out.

If you want to reuse them, find a sealable container that will keep the fireworks dry. Jerry Bamke, who owns Fireworks Country in Wittenberg, says that this is a reliable way of storing your unused fireworks, as long as you only pick up the box and never give an opportunity for a stray spark by sliding the box across the floor. Fireworks don’t go bad and will last “forever” if you store them in this way. Bamke says his customers are free to drop off the fireworks they don’t want at his store for disposal, free of charge.

If you experienced injuries from an explosion or fire caused by the improper disposal or storage of fireworks, you may have the opportunity to hold the responsible party liable. Contact an attorney with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal options following such an incident.