Crews clean up following Freedom Fest

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 7:14 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - On Monday night, thousands gathered at the Southside Softball Complex for Freedom Fest. Now that the party is over, clean-up has begun.

More than 2,000 fireworks were shot, making for a great show but leaving behind a big mess.

Jacob Noles, assistant supervisor at the complex, said his ground crew got to work at 7 a.m. Wednesday to begin the clean-up process.

“There are thousands of dollars worth of fireworks that go into all of these shows, and pretty much it’s just a lot of scrap pieces of cardboard from the shells and mortars,” Noles said.

Inmates from the Craighead County Detention Center helped out.

Even with the help, he said it would take at least 4 to 5 hours, if not the whole day, to clean up the fields. It all depended on the heat, he said.

It’s not just firework shells they found. Noles said they also recovered expensive lawn chairs, socks, and even blue jeans.

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