Confiscated fireworks go up in smoke at Colorado Springs hazardous waste facility

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The city is doing what it can to get rid of remaining explosives after the Fourth of July.

Colorado Springs police and El Paso County deputies teamed up for a fireworks burn Thursday afternoon. Unwanted and confiscated fireworks were safely disposed of at the El Paso County hazardous waste facility. 

There’s no word yet on how many fireworks they got rid of, but officers estimated they were worth thousands of dollars. 

“Some comes in through evidence,” CSPD officer Chris Arseneau said. “Some of it is turned in through amnesty boxes. And the other ones are confiscated, and citations are issued accordingly. We don’t deal with the front end of it. We just take everything and make sure that it is disposed of properly and safely.” 

Officers said every year, more bomb technicians are hurt disposing of fireworks than anything else. 

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