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Work crews swoop in on Esplanade, clear 41 tons of waste from July 4 celebrations

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 5, 2012 04:28 PM

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(Photo by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)

Crews and vendors work to clean up the Esplanade and pack up equipment the day after the Boston Pops concert and fireworks display.


Celebratory fireworks boomed over the Esplanade Wednesday to the delight of thousands of revelers who had been lining the Charles River since midday, but when the satisfied spectators packed up their day camps after the July 4th festivities the work crews moved in.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is in charge of the post-Boston Pops clean-up and the state estimates 38 tons of solid waste and three tons of single stream recyclables collected after the event. And that's not all that needed to be removed.

esplande confetti.JPGBy late Thursday morning vendors were dumping melted ice from coolers and packing up their stands while workers dismantled scaffolding and packed up everything from folding chairs to fans.

Grounds crews were busy raking up red, white, and blue confetti covering the grass near the Hatch Shell while others recoiled electrical wires. Trucks, too, spent plenty of time navigating the paths around the area as walkers and cyclists passed by and the Esplanade returned to its normal appearance and routine.

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(Photo by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)

The Hatch Shell on July 5.

For more photos of the Fourth of July concert and fireworks click here or submit your Fourth of July photos.
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