The 4th of July is over, so it's time to put away the fireworks.

In 2023, Americans spent about $2.7 billion on fireworks for the 4th of July, according to WalletHub. There are more than 14 thousand fireworks displayed over the course of this holiday.

44% of Americans went to some sort of fireworks show during the 4th of July.

But what do you do with all of those used up fireworks? How do you safely and responsibly dispose of them?

K92.3 logo
Get our free mobile app

What Should You Do with Your Used Fireworks?

Unsplash - Elisha Terada
Unsplash - Elisha Terada

There are a few things you should always make sure you're doing once you are finished blasting off fireworks, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' guidelines.

  • Soak used fireworks
    • Once you're finished with the fireworks, make sure that you place them in a bucket of water and let them soak overnight.
  • Wrap soaked fireworks
    • Once they are thoroughly damp, wrap those used fireworks up! Or you can even place them in plastic bags to prevent them from drying out.
  • Dispose in trash
    • This one is kind of obvious, right? Take the used fireworks to the trash or to a local landfill.
  • Contact authorities
    • If you're still a bit confused on just how to dispose of these fireworks, you can contact your local law enforcement for some clarification.

Stay up to date with everything going on in Eastern Iowa and beyond by downloading the free station app from your app store.

Also, don't forget to follow the station across all social media platforms for the latest news and lifestyle updates.

Smallest Populations In Iowa

Smallest Populated Towns In Iowa

Gallery Credit: Gabe Glidden

Most Common Scams Iowans Fall Victim To

It seems like scammers are getting smarter and smarter every year. In 2023, thousands of Iowans fell victim to fraud. Here are the top ten scams that Iowans fell for.

Gallery Credit: Kerri Mac

More From K92.3