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Fireworks Fallout

We told you in the days leading up to the 4th of July that trash was going to be a problem. Now trash concerns are rolling over into the day after the 4th.

Firework debris can be found all over Texoma and one business owner called us about trash blowing onto her property. The aftermath of the 4th of July festivities can be seen throughout Texoma.

Texoma Motor Speedway had tons of people shooting off fireworks, but all of the trash is raising some concerns.

Kay McConnell, Owner of The Woodshoppe, said, "When I got to work this morning at 9 the debris and garbage was all over the place. We are responsible for pricking it up because now it's on our private property."

McConnell business is off of Kell Freeway and said all the trash is blowing onto her property from Texoma Motor Speedway. She says strong winds are spreading the trash all over the place.

"We have a bottle rocket in front of our shop. If it were to start a fire, with the winds we had last night it would be bad."

Newschannel 6 reached out to Texoma Motor Speedway Thursday and a manager there said they are going to get the firework trash cleaned no later than Friday.

Adele Lewis, P.I.O with TX-DOT, said crews were busy picking up trash near Highway 240, near Sheppard. Lewis said it is a reoccurring problem area when it comes to fireworks debris.

"A lot of people like to watch the fireworks, but while they watch they'll eat and drink and throw all their trash on the ground."

McConnell said while she understands there will be trash from fireworks, she just wants those who pop fireworks to take a few minutes and clean up their trash.

Residents had to pay a $5.00 fee in order to pop fireworks at Texas Motor Speedway. Owners told Newschannel 6 that money is specifically being used for clean up.

 

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6

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