Bullets & ShellsFireworks

Dispose of Ammunition and Gunpowder

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WHAT:

  • Gunpowder
  • Shotgun shells
  • Rifle Cartridges
  • Bullets

But NO:

  • flares
  • fireworks

WHERE:

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Road Patrol Station
3460 M-119 (Harbor-Petoskey Road), Harbor Springs

HOW:

The Sheriff’s Road Patrol Station is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Dispose of Fireworks

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WHAT:

Throughly soaked legal amateur fireworks, for example:

  • Spinners
  • Snaps
  • Snakes
  • Smoke Bombs
  • Roman Candles
  • Fountains
  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle Rockets

But NO:

  • Large quantities, for example from retailing
  • Professional-grade fireworks

WHERE:

The Waste Transfer Station at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center (7363 S Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs)

HOW:

  1. After completing your fireworks display, wait a minimum of 20 minutes before collecting fireworks waste to reduce the likelihood there are burning materials present.
  2. Use some type of light source (flashlight, headlamp, porch light, etc.) to illuminate the area so that all fireworks waste can be clearly seen.
  3. Check for heat before picking up any fireworks in case embers are still active inside.
  4. All spent fireworks (as well as damaged, misfired or unused fireworks) should be submerged in a bucket or large tub of water overnight or until they are completely saturated. Some sources recommend 48 hours of soaking.
  5. Seal the saturated fireworks in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
  6. Place the plastic bag into a trash can (ideally, a metal container).
  7. The water used to soak fireworks should then be disposed of indoors down a toilet. Do not pour the water into a yard or down storm drains. Also, do not spray down your driveway/display area with a hose.
  8. Make sure to sweep up any remaining fireworks dust and small debris.
  9. Place the material into a plastic bag and discard the bag into a trash can.
  10. Keep the trash can containing fireworks waste outside and away from any potential fire hazards.