Fireworks, gun amnesty day scheduled for July 20th

Jul 5, 2013

With the Independence Day holiday past, two locations will be open July 20th for disposal of fireworks.

Omaha Police say the upcoming Fireworks Amnesty Day is also a Gun Amnesty Day. Thursday was the last day consumer fireworks could be used legally in Omaha until December 28th, per city ordinance. Friday was the last day for fireworks sales in the Omaha metro area.

Omaha eye doctor shares tips for fireworks safety

Jul 2, 2013

An Omaha ophthalmologist says one in six eye injuries due to fireworks cause permanent damage.

UNMC ophthalmologist urges safety when using fireworks

Jul 2, 2012
courtesy Creighton University

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's office says 144 people were injured in 2010 by misuse of fireworks.


In the city of Omaha, residents can shoot off fireworks from 8 am to 11 pm through Wednesday. An ophthalmologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says if you choose to do so, wear eye protection and don't let children use fireworks.


Dr. John Peters says 1,300 people suffered eye injuries nationwide last year due to misuse of fireworks. He says about half of those injuries were to people under age 19.