July 4th was the last day this season to legally use “consumer fireworks” in the City of Omaha. A city ordinance allows for fireworks use again from December 28th to January 1st and allows for sales to continue through the 5th of July. The Omaha Police Department will be hosting a Metro Area Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for those who have fireworks/guns that they would like to properly dispose of. The event will be held at two locations in the metro area and will accept all fireworks, ammunition and guns with no questions asked.

Ambassador Worshintreet (Former Wal‐mart) p Ceter, 103rd and Fort Street (former Wal-mart) 
Seymour Smith Park, 72nd and Harrison Street

Those participating in the event will be the Omaha Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Nebraska State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, La Vista Police Department, Ralston Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, Papillion Police Department, Ralston Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska State Fire Marshal and Omaha Public Works Department.

The Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day has many goals that would be beneficial for public participation. The day gives the public the opportunity to dispose of fireworks, firearms, ammunition, or any other explosive devices at a safe location with no questions asked. The operation will also give authorities the opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of fireworks and other explosives.

No compensation will be given for guns dropped off, except the peace of mind that one less gun will be available to those who chose to use it to harm another or commit a crime.

Note: It is helpful if guns are unloaded, but it is not necessary. If you are unable to unload the gun, or are unsure if it is loaded, please tell staff before you remove it from your vehicle.

For more information contact Sergeant Matt Manhart at 402‐444‐3342 or mmanhart@ci.omaha.ne.us