Fireworks Not Causing Too Much of a Mess This Year

- For the second year in a row, cleanup crews didn't have much of a mess following the Fourth of July weekend.

In years past, litter from bottle rockets, sparklers and fire crackers, all festive Fourth of July items, cluttered many areas throughout Wichita and Clay Counties after the holiday weekend.

"There probably won't be much mess this year. I just didn't see as many people out," Precinct 2 foreman Don Farmer says.  

Farmer says most of these areas near Sheppard Air Force Base are normally packed with fireworks debris and this year they are entirely clean. 

"In years past we've had as far as a 6 yard dump truck full," Farmer says. 

The Texas Department of Transportation also normally fills its trucks up following the celebrations.

"A few years ago, we were spending $5,000 a year just to clean up 240 in Wichita County. So just a few miles of stretch of road, $5,000 dollars," Adele Lewis with TxDOT says.  

Since crews didn't have a big cleanup job on their hands, that money is ultimately saved.

Lewis says part of that credit goes to partnerships with local agencies.

"Every year we form partnerships with local law enforcement and fire departments and they seem to be on the same mission as us. They don't want the litter, they don't want the fires," Lewis says. 

Which is something Lewis says she hopes continues in the future.

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