Dump leftover Independence Day fireworks for safety
July 10, 2012
Fourth of July revelers should dump leftover fireworks, rather than storing the pyrotechnics inside a home or garage.
Curious children may decide to light old fireworks. Exposure to water or chemicals can cause the composition of fireworks to change, making them hazardous materials. Stray sparks could ignite fireworks and lead to disaster. Or the explosives could spontaneously combust.
Safety experts recommend disposing of small amounts of fireworks by removing the fuse, and then soaking the fireworks in water until saturated. The waterlogged fireworks should then be double-bagged in trash bags.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office offers additional tips for Independence Day revelers to toss leftover fireworks at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.