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Lubbock County: Taxpayer dollars are being used to clean up firework mess

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The aftermath of Fourth of July festivities has left the county scrambling to clean up the mess. 

In fact, Lubbock County Commissioner Jason Corley said because some people are leaving their fireworks behind, the rest of the county suffers as a result.

"Right now, we've got a 135 work orders in for road maintenance issues that need to be taken care of, but instead, we have to divert our personnel and resources off of that to come out here and clean up this mess," Corley said.

Corley said not throwing away fireworks will be treated the same as littering.

"The Sheriff's department is stepping up patrols out in some of the areas that tend to be hotspots where we have a lot of people come out and pop fireworks and leave their trash," Corley said.

If you do throw away leftover fireworks, Corley said safety is still the top priority. 

"Make sure those are cool and not still burning. After that's been done, you can douse them in water to try to make sure there's nothing still burning," Corley said.

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