Grand Island Fire urges proper disposal of fireworks

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Fireworks have been on sale in the Tri-Cities since just Monday, but the Grand Island Fire Department has already responded to several fires.

There are many safety tips to keep in mind when lighting fireworks, but the most important one to remember is to be sure you know how to dispose of them properly.

After they go off, GIFD says to wait a few minutes for it to cool enough to touch, then dump the firework into a nearby bucket of water. It should then stay there overnight.

“You never know where that one spark is going to be at,” Division Chief Tim Hiemer said. “It can be deep down in one of the fireworks or off to the side, but you never which one so you need to do it to all of them.”

It’s also recommended to be mindful of where you are lighting them.

“Make sure when you’re lighting them that they are on a flat surface, either a driveway or a sidewalk,” Heimer said. “Stay out of the street, they are not legal to light off in the street. No children up close to it. Wear your safety glasses, be safe.”

He also said it’s important to be careful of here the debris flies and clean up any garbage left behind.

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