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How to Safely Dispose of Fireworks

If you choose to use fireworks in a region that allows them,* please keep the following disposal tips in mind:

Used fireworks

If disposed of improperly, used fireworks can pose a danger to employees who handle trash at local transfer stations. Make sure used fireworks are completely burned out and cooled down by submerging them in a bucket of water for fifteen minutes before putting them in the garbage. Learn more on the Washington State Fire Marshal website.

Unused fireworks

  • Never put unused fireworks in the garbage.
  • Both Seattle and King County residents may take small residential fireworks to the Seattle Police Firing Range. For more information, call 206-684-8980.

*Fireworks are illegal in Seattle. Both used and unused fireworks pose a significant danger to you, your family, and your home. 

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