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DNR encourages safe storage, disposal of fireworks at home

DES MOINES — Iowans using fireworks at home this summer should take precautions to make sure they are stored and disposed of properly, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

Unused fireworks should be kept in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children. Never place fireworks on top of an electrical appliance, like a refrigerator or freezer. The appliance could be damaged through extreme weather events, such as lightning or power surges, which could possibly ignite the fireworks. 

Fireworks should not be put in the garbage without taking appropriate precautions, as they pose a fire and explosion hazard. To dispose of unused, misfired or "dud" fireworks:

  • Completely submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak overnight.
  • Double wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out. 
  • Place the double-bagged fireworks in the household trash or take them to your local landfill.

Residents can also contact their local fire department or landfill as other disposal options for fireworks may be available. 

Additional information is available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Land-Quality/Waste-Planning-Recycling/Recycling/Solid-Waste-Fact-Sheets.

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