Local Communities Complain of Trash Left after Fourth of July

Updated: 07/07/2014 7:33 AM
Created: 07/06/2014 8:19 PM
By: Todd Wilson

The Fourth of July weekend is about celebrating our country's freedom and making memories.

Instead, quite a few Twin Cities communities will remember what some folks left behind.

Roberta Johnson Englund showed KSTP where somebody left used up fireworks at Folwell Park. She says it is pure laziness of people.

"Blatant disrespect for a public amenity like a park that everyone can share, regardless if they're a resident, visitor, whomever," Englund said.

Boxes of used fireworks were left on the baseball diamond. Trash was left on the ground. At the tennis court, more fireworks wrappers and spent shells were seen.

Englund says it shows that someone really didn't care.    

"Find the discipline and pick up your trash," she said.

Certain types of fireworks became legal in Minnesota in April 2002. What's legal? Fireworks that don't explode or lift off the ground are legal. What's still illegal? Explosive and aerial fireworks are illegal. A lot of the trash left behind after fireworks appears to be illegal.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation says the issue is citywide from the river, Powderhorn Park to Folwell Park. At the same time, trash and recycling containers are strategically placed throughout the park system.

Englund says there is no excuse.

"I don't know if I have a clear thought, but I'm appalled," she said. 

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