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Firework clean up costs money

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RICHLAND, Wash.-  People pack into Richland parks every Fourth of July to light their fireworks, but few think about cleaning up afterwards.

Leaders with the City of Richland say firework clean up costs on average $2,000 a year.

They say it pulls resources away from normal park maintenance like mowing, edging and weeding.

"None of that kind of work is going to happen. Except for restroom cleaning. Anything else we're not going to have time to get to it," says Parks and Facility Resources Manager Tim Werner

Werner says if everyone just cleaned up after their own fireworks it would save the city time and money.

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