Firework Fail! How to Dispose of the Duds

4th of July Fireworks and American Flag

Updated September 13, 2023

Independence Day is a great time to spend time with the family, eat great food and launch some awesome fireworks (if the laws in your area permit). But what about the fireworks that aren’t so awesome?...AKA, the duds. Properly disposing of damaged, faulty or the fireworks missing wicks is extremely important.

Here’s what you SHOULD NOT do:

  1. Throw all the duds in a fire pit
  2. Toss them into the trash can
  3. Try to repair and re-light them
  4. Do something stupid with them to record a video for YouTube

Here's what you SHOULD do:

Place small quantities of household fireworks that are damaged or unused in water until completely saturated. It's best to let them soak overnight. Once soaked in the water, immediately take the duds out of the water and place them in a plastic garbage bag. Double bag it and seal to make sure the fireworks don’t dry out. The failed fireworks can now be safely tossed in the trash for proper disposal.

That's the best way to have a safe and happy holiday!

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