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Memorial Park Celebration Returns For 2021

Apr 15, 2021
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  After a year off, the popular summer concert at Memorial Park is scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, August 28. The later date for the City of Omaha Celebrates America event will help to ensure that the outdoor event can be held as safely as possible. The switch to a Saturday is also considered a one year change. Talent is not being announced at this time but will be released as soon as possible and will feature a national headliner. The fireworks show, expanded in 2019, will be enhanced even further in 2021, becoming one of the largest shows in the region.

People in Nebraska celebrated the July Fourth holiday as many Americans did, with a barrage of fireworks. But this year's explosive festivities also came with a number of headaches. In Omaha, police say they received nearly 1,900 fireworks complaints in the days before and after the Fourth of July when fireworks are legal to sell and use. Police say that's a more than 30% increase from fireworks complaints received last year.

An eastern Nebraska fireworks company has been sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $35,000 fine for falsifying work safety records. U.S. Attorney for Nebraska Joe Kelly announced that Wild Willy’s Fireworks, of Springfield, was sentenced in Omaha’s federal court on Thursday. The company’s representative and owner, Dan Williams, pleaded guilty to the charge in August. Prosecutors say Williams had forklift training certificates for four employees who had not undergone such training falsified and sent to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector.

2019 Fireworks Enforcement Results Are In

Jul 9, 2019

2019 Fireworks Enforcement Results are in - The Omaha Police Department received 1,530 calls for fireworks complaints as of July 7th. There were officers assigned to specifically handle fireworks complaints, and 16 citations were given out between June 27th and July 7th. The OPD  concluded the fireworks season with a Fireworks and Gun Amnesty Day on July 6th at two different locations. There were 20 long guns which included 1 short shotgun, 6 handguns, 5 BB/pellet guns, 650 pounds of ammunition and 300 pounds of fireworks collected.  

New Fireworks Ordinance In Effect

Jun 25, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha's new fireworks ordinance is in effect. Omaha residents can only light off fireworks from July 2nd through July 4th.  The Omaha City Council unanimously approved an ordinance last September that shortened the city's fireworks lighting season from 10-days to three.  Fireworks sales are allowed in Omaha from June 28th through July 4th.  The full press release from the Omaha Police Department is below.

With the Independence Day holiday nearing, the Omaha Police Department have issued a reminder about Omaha’s fireworks ordinance.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged in Omaha from June 25th through July 4th between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. by those 16 years or older. The ordinance also covers dates in December. Minors, 12-15 years old, may set off fireworks if supervised by an adult.

Celebratory gunfire is illegal within the city limits. Any bullet discharged into the sky must land somewhere, and poses significant risk of injury or death.

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.