Omaha Public Radio News
Thu June 30, 2011
The Omaha Police Department, in conjunction with several other law enforcement agencies, will offer a Fireworks Amnesty Day July 9th
By Cheril Lee
Omaha, NE – There will be a Fireworks Amnesty Day on Saturday, July 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Federal, state, city and county law enforcement agencies are all coordinating on the event. Sgt. Tom Muller of the Omaha Police Department says fireworks, ammunition and guns will be accepted at one of three locations throughout the metro on the 9th. He says although citizens are legally allowed to possess and set off fireworks in the metro this year, they are only able to do so through 11:00 p.m. on July 5th, "It gives the community an opportunity to get rid of fireworks they may have leftover from July 4th. We don't like them to save them for next year because there is only that 10-11 day period that you're allowed to shoot the fireworks. So they can safely get rid of them and they don't have to worry about storing them which becomes an issue for the first responders, such as police and fire. If they were to have a fire in their house, it could cause more problems."
Fireworks drop off locations include the Ambassador Worship Center at 103rd and Fort Streets, Seymour Smith Park at 72nd and Harrison and 28th and Broadway in Council Bluffs. Fireworks safety information is available online at www.fireworksafety.com.