SEVERE WX : Heat Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Proper disposal tips for fireworks

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority says discarded fireworks can be a danger to sanitation workers, trucks, and solid waste facilities if improperly disposed of.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2020 5:36 PM

UTICA N.Y.- The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has some tips to dispose of fireworks properly.

The Authority says discarded fireworks can be a danger to sanitation workers, trucks, and solid waste facilities if improperly disposed of.

The following steps should be taken to dispose of unused, mis-fired, or "Dud" fireworks.

  • Completely submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated. This may take 15 minutes for small fireworks, or as long as overnight for large fireworks.
  • Wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out.
  • Place the double-bagged fireworks in with household garbage.

"Even if the firework is spent, or it's misfiring, it's not lighting, there still is a potential for it to spark a fire in garbage truck or at a waste facility, so it is really important to soak the firework, all parts of it just to prevent any fires or explosions from happening during transport of the material." said Samantha Brown the Recycling Coordinator for the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority.

Brown also says that fireworks casings made out of cardboard or paper are also not recyclable becuase of the residue.

The residue could be explosive and lead to a potential fire, so any portion of used or unused fireworks should not be recycled.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 421336

Reported Deaths: 32781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City22806923586
Suffolk438441998
Nassau436902195
Westchester362331447
Rockland13949674
Orange11168491
Erie8918671
Monroe4976285
Dutchess4613153
Onondaga3585200
Albany2600128
Oneida2150115
Ulster207292
Niagara150098
Sullivan148948
Putnam144963
Broome113169
Schenectady106037
Rensselaer76630
Saratoga76017
Columbia54137
Madison41217
Ontario36134
Warren31233
Orleans29854
Steuben29842
Fulton29724
Greene29318
Genesee2775
Herkimer2744
St. Lawrence2634
Washington26014
Chautauqua2579
Oswego2533
Wayne2523
Tompkins2340
Chenango2166
Tioga19325
Montgomery1774
Livingston1768
Chemung1723
Cattaraugus1666
Cayuga1522
Jefferson1420
Clinton1284
Wyoming1185
Otsego1165
Delaware1054
Cortland950
Seneca903
Allegany801
Schoharie690
Yates577
Essex550
Franklin540
Lewis410
Schuyler220
Hamilton80
Unassigned00
Utica
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 79°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 83°
Herkimer
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 79°
Thendara
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 79°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Ask EPLC Sweepstakes
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left