Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Disposal of Unused and Used Fireworks
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminds residents that used fireworks can leave behind a great deal of debris. "If you blow it up, clean it up" says Duffy. Proper cleanup of firework debris can help reduce the risk of an injury or fire from happening. If you have unused consumer fireworks, it is best to discharge the remaining fireworks during the legal discharge dates for your community.
The following are suggested tips for proper disposal:
- Clean up all fireworks debris.
- Submerge used fireworks in a bucket of water for fifteen minutes to ensure they are cooled down and there are no smoldering embers that can start a fire.
- Double wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic bags for disposal in your household trash.
- It is best to dump the remaining water on the ground, selecting an area where it will not produce surface runoff into the municipal water system.
- Do not put used fireworks that have not been soaked into a paper or plastic bag, as this could lead to a fire starting within the bag.
- Return to your fireworks discharge area the next morning to clean up any remaining firework debris—things can be easily overlooked in the dark.
- Outside of the legal discharge dates, contact your local law enforcement agency on a non-emergency number to see if they collect unused fireworks for disposal.
- Check with a Public Display Company to see if they can use the fireworks in a display show. To find a list of Public Display Companies go to http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
- If you find a homemade device or illegal explosive device, call 911 for instructions. Do not handle or move the device.
For more information about fireworks safety, public fireworks displays and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.