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How to Dispose of Unlit Sparklers

Updated April 17, 2017

Sparklers are slow-burning, handheld fireworks that give off a shower of sparks when lit. They are commonly used by adults and children at celebratory events such as the Fourth of July, New Year's Eve, birthdays and weddings. Although sparklers are less dangerous than explosive fireworks, caution must still be taken when disposing of them, especially when they haven't been used.

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  1. Fill a bucket with cold water. Make sure the bucket is large enough to hold all of the unlit sparklers.

  2. Place all of the unlit sparklers in the bucket of water.

  3. Wait for half an hour to ensure the sparklers are completely saturated with water.

  4. Remove the sparklers from the bucket.

  5. Place the sparklers in a plastic bag.

  6. Tie a tight knot in the top of the bag.

  7. Place the bag in another plastic bag.

  8. Tie a tight knot in the top of the bag.

  9. Place the bag in your dustbin.

  10. Warning

    If you have more than 5 gallons worth of sparklers to dispose of, contact your local fire brigade or hazardous waste company for assistance.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Two plastic bags

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.

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