Fireworks cleanup and sales begin

The 4th of July fun is over, so now it's time to cleanup.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2018 10:03 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-The 4th of July fun is over, so now it's time to cleanup. 

For those of you who still have some fireworks left?

"A little tip, with your cakes, the things that go up in the air, you can rip the tops off where the tubes are actually visible. that's like a paper mache bomb in your yard. if you can rip the tops off the cakes before you shoot them you save yourself a lot of cleanup the next morning," said Gary Graham, Pyromaniac Fireworks.

The best way to dispose of fireworks is to first soak them in water, wrap them in plastic bags, and then place in your trash can. The cardboard fireworks are not recyclable. You can also wrap the boxes with duct tape while you wait for trash pickup.

"China does a great job making fireworks safer for us consumers every year so most of the time just get rid of it, throw it in the dumpster and put it in the dumpster just like anything," said Graham.

Besides being a potential fire hazard, sometimes fireworks never went off which means you could still be at risk while handling.

"You gotta make sure everything fired on the item before you throw it in the burn barrel, because that'll eventually go off. You don't want that happening, so definitely take a look inside the firework itself."

Although the holiday is over, you can still legally shoot fireworks off until July 9th. For Pyromaniac Fireworks on West Jefferson, that means they continue to stay busy.

"With it being on a Wednesday, we have a lot of customers shooting their shows on Friday and Saturday. it took off 2 days after the 4th. sales have been great so far. "

And some fireworks go on sale," said Graham. 

"We're definitely going to do things like that. we have more of a wholesale approach. we're always the cheapest in town anyway but we keep working with our customers. "

Whether you plan to set off fireworks this weekend, or are already in the cleanup stages, it is important to clean up the streets, and your yards.

"I think it was a lot of fun this year, we had a good season for the customers with the good weather and hopefully we can stay dry for the weekend here," said Graham.

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