Fireworks add a burst of colour 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 brigades have firework disposal services, but if you're doing it from home, it only takes a few simple steps to dispose of fireworks safely.
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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.
Fill a large bucket with water from a garden hose or outdoor tap.
Submerge all spent, partially-spent and "dud" fireworks in the water and leave them to soak for 24 hours.
Put the soaked fireworks into a regular garbage bag, then put that into another garbage bag to prevent leaks.
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Put the bags into your normal garbage bin.
- Some municipalities can help you dispose of fireworks. Contact your local fire or police department and ask if they have safe firework disposal services.
- Sparklers remain hot long after being used so before disposal they can also be put in water or submerged in sand.
- Fireworks are regulated by law in many places. Always check applicable laws before buying or using fireworks.
- Never attempt to burn partially-spent or misfired fireworks.
- Unused fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place or returned to where they were bought.
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