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Firework remnants can have damaging effects on environment, storm water

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Now that the Fourth of July fireworks fun is over, its time for people to start cleaning up their mess.

Several panhandle streets were left littered Saturday morning with remnants of fireworks, sparklers and smoke-bombs.

The debris covered streets, sidewalks and parking lots, and blew into lawns, fields and storm drains.

Scottsbluff Storm Water Projects Specialist Leann Sato says these firework remnants can have damaging effects on the environment if they're not cleaned up.

"Not only is it litter, but the chemicals that are in the fireworks themselves, they contain things like prochlorite, which is chlorine and oxygen. And lithium, beryllium, lead, mercury."

She says people should keep in mind: 'Shoot it, Sweep it, and Seal it.'

"If you're spraying it down, spraying it down instead of sweeping it, then some of those powders and those left over bits of fireworks they can go down the storm drain and then we're contaminating the storm water, so we want to keep it clean, by sweeping it, keeping it dry."

Sato says sealing firework remnants before putting them in the trash is an extra measure of protection from keeping damaging chemicals from leeching into the environment.

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