Neighborhoods across the metro have plenty of litter to clean up the day after all of those Independence Day celebrations.
Cindy Smilley, with Keep Omaha Beautiful said it's a good idea to sweep up all that debris for more reasons than aesthetic. "That can go in our storm sewers," she said, "contaminating that water."
Mike Battershell, President of the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association also pointed out, "It's important [to clean up] when we're looking at times of limited resources in the city. We [shouldn't] ask, 'Who else is going to pick it up?'"
The morning of July 5th, his neighborhood - around 32nd and Martha Streets - was looking fairly neat and tidy. Many neighbors swept up their fireworks before going to bed.
Battershell pointed out, the party is far from over. "According to the city, this is the busiest week for block parties in the city. So lots of times streets will be closed for that one day while neighbors get together and barbecue," he said. "Obviously, with children on bikes and people walking all that good kind of stuff, it's a good time to, as a motorist, be aware."