Pipe Bombs Brought to Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day

Omaha Police never know what to expect on fireworks/gun amnesty day.

The department was posted at two sites Saturday. One was at Fire Station #43, and the other was Seymour Smith Park.

The day's highlight was that someone turned in seven pipe bombs.

Officers also collected 25 long guns, 16 handguns, 900 pounds of ammo, and more than 800 pounds of fireworks.

Sgt. Matt Manhart, the Bomb Squad Commander, says all this work to get rid of items like pipe bombs, makes our communities safer. "They can be very devastating and very destructive, and for someone to have those, they're never put together for anything constructive, so to get those off the streets, along with the firearms and fireworks and stuff like that is a huge deal," he says.

Manhart says there is another positive side to collecting the pipe bombs. The squad can use them for training.

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