July 4th will be the last day this season to legally use “consumer fireworks” in the City of Omaha. The Omaha Police Department will be hosting a Metro Area Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day on Saturday July 12, 2014 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.
Omaha Fire Station #43, 5505 North 103rd Street
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, La Vista Police Department, Ralston Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, Papillion Police Department, Bellevue 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.
Note: If you have a firearm you would like to dispose of, it is helpful if they are unloaded, but it is not necessary. If you are unable to unload the gun, or are unsure if it is loaded, please ask for help before you remove it from your vehicle.
Due to the anonymous nature of this event, we would ask that no video footage is shot of people taking part in the amnesty event. There will be an opportunity to film the fireworks and guns collected at the Police Impound Lot, 78th and F Street, at 3:30 p.m. There will also be opportunities to interview officers involved in the operation.
Fireworks safety information can be found on the following websites:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: www.atf.com
National Council on Fireworks Safety: www.fireworksafety.com
General rules concerning fireworks in the State of Nebraska:
Omaha Municipal codes: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10945
State statute definitions: http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=28-1241
Unlawful throwing: http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=s2812042000
Importation into state: http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=s2812048000
For more information contact Sergeant Matt Manhart at 402-444-5626, 402-505-0937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.