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Published July 06, 2009, 11:33 AM

Storing fireworks safely until next year

(WDAY TV) - This year's 4th of July fireworks are all but ash, but what do you do with the fireworks that didn't get lit off this weekend? WDAY 6 Reporter Stephanie Goetz tells us how to keep un-used fireworks, until next year.

By: Stephanie Goetz, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - This year's 4th of July fireworks are all but ash, but what do you do with the fireworks that didn't get lit off this weekend? WDAY 6 Reporter Stephanie Goetz tells us how to keep un-used fireworks, until next year.

The scene at Starr Fireworks is a stark contrast to this weekend's bustling push for last minute pyrotechnics. Today, a few fun seekers were still looking to cash in on this fiery entertainment. A group of teenage boys from Osakis, snatched up hundreds in firework fun.

"You can't really buy them in Minnesota really good, not the big ones anyways."

"I saw no slope in the economy or anything; people seemed to buy the same way as they did last year."

But what about the left over fireworks, where you store these canned creations is more important than you think.

"The basement or something where no one's going to get into them or no mice or whatever is going to get to them."

Starr says one of the most important things to remember when storing these pyrotechnics, “is make sure they stay away from moisture because once the powder gets wet, it's useless."

"The garage: if it's not heated, it's going to have too much moisture and too much temperature change."

Starr says keeping the original packaging on the fireworks until you light them off is also important and of course, away from flames!

"Too much heat won't bother them but I mean, fire would bother them and they wouldn't light, they'd ignite! So just keep them in a dry place."

But for some like Tyler and his crew, storing these precious pyrotechnics is the last thing on their minds.

"I pretty much got them shot off before you have to store them!"

As of today, firework stores can no longer sell to North Dakotans until next year, but Minnesota residents can still buy them.

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