The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Festivities often include BBQs, drinks, and lighting fireworks.

Though the lighting of fireworks are banned in several Washington State cities including Yakima, Spokane, Wenatchee, and plenty more, there are some local towns where fireworks are A-OK like Moxee, Toppenish, Wapato, and more.

Though they're meant to light up the sky, the Washington State fire marshall wants to keep those sparks in the sky and not on the dry ground that could start a fire.

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If you're going out with friends for the first time in a long time to enjoy fireworks or even if you're a seasoned pro, here's what you need to know about disposing used fireworks in the interest of safety for you and yours.

Keep a water source nearby, such as a bucket of water or a hose, when using fireworks.

Clean up all used fireworks and debris.

Let used fireworks cool down for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes before handling.

Soak used fireworks overnight in a bucket of water, making sure fireworks remain completely submerged.

Double bag the fireworks when throwing them away.

Dispose of discharged fireworks in a metal garbage can for pick up.

The following day return to the site for additional clean up if necessary.

You can read more about firework safety from the WSP website.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

And try not to blow yourself up.

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