The 4th of July is over and the Omaha Police Department is offering individuals the opportunity to turn in leftover fireworks this weekend.
The Metro Area Fireworks and Gun Amnesty day will take place this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 at two locations: Ambassador Worship Center, 103rd and Fort Streets and Seymour Smith Park, at 72nd and Harrison Streets. OPD Sgt. Matt Manhart says guns, ammunition and fireworks will be accepted at both locations with no questions asked.
"The heat is a huge issue when it comes to the fireworks and obviously the ammunition. It’s no different than storing anything that’s flammable inside your garage or in a basement. There’s always that risk that something could happen, an accident could happen and we just want to prevent that before it does. So it’s kind of a preventative measure for us.”
Sgt. Manhart says it’s helpful if guns are unloaded but not necessary. He does ask that those dropping off loaded guns let staff members know so they may be safely unloaded by trained personnel.
For more details on the Metro Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day, the number is 402-444-3342.