Massive cleanup after fireworks

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - With nearly a half million people along the Ohio River for the Cincinnati Bell WEBN Fireworks, you didn't have to look far to find the mess that was left behind.

"We got a guy running the dumpster, and he just empties all these, we got a lot to do," said Brian Trusty a volunteer helper.

"I was amazed at the amount of trash out here," said Sherrard Jackson, another volunteer.

A mess might be an understatement for what the fireworks festivities left behind, at Yateman's Cove crews were picking up shortly after the fireworks were over.

Volunteers for the city of Newport started the clean up at about 8:00 a.m. Monday morning -- using leaf blowers, dumpsters, street sweepers and even their bare hands.

"Just grabbing dumpsters, and we're putting them in a recycling bin, down there at the back," Trusty said.

And even for the workers, the smell was hard to stomach

"Yea, it smells bad," trusty said.

"The dumpster smells real bad," Jackson said.

And believe it or not, some families came out at the crack of dawn, even before crews arrived, capitalizing on the mess as a make shift treasure hunt.

"Just like to try to find things that people drop, money and so forth sometimes some jewelry," said Dan Chase, who has been finding treasures in the trash for close to eight years.

Chase and his daughter walked away with $2 and some sun glasses, as the saying goes, finders keepers

"We've been finding collectible stuff," said Estelle Chase.

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