Fireworks contain a variety of toxic pollutants, including heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and other poisonous materials. To ensure these pollutants do not end up in our local waterways and negatively impact living organisms/aquatic ecosystems, it is important to properly dispose of fireworks waste and prevent it from entering storm drains on the street.
You can follow these steps to safely and properly dispose of fireworks waste, which helps prevent litter and water pollution:
1) After you complete your fireworks display, wait a minimum of 20 minutes before collecting fireworks waste to ensure that there are no burning materials present. If necessary, use some type of light source (flashlight, exterior light, etc.) to illuminate the area so that all fireworks waste can be clearly seen.
2) All spent fireworks (as well as damaged, misfired, or unused fireworks) should be submerged in a bucket or large tub of water for at least 15 minutes or until they are completely saturated.
3) Seal the saturated fireworks in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
4) Place the plastic bag into a trash receptacle (ideally, a metal container).
5) Make sure to sweep up any remaining fireworks dust and small debris.
6) Place the material into a plastic bag and discard the bag into a trash receptacle. If possible, keep all trash receptacles containing fireworks waste outside and away from any potential fire hazards until the morning after you complete your fireworks display.
7) The water used to soak fireworks should then be disposed of indoors down a toilet. Do NOT pour the water into a yard or down storm drains. Also, do NOT spray down your driveway/display area with a hose.
The Omaha Police Department will host a Fireworks Amnesty Day on July 9, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at two sites in the Omaha metro area. Any leftover or damaged fireworks can be dropped off at the Omaha Fire Station #43 (5505 North 103rd Street) or Seymour Smith Park (6802 Harrison Street).