Fireworks: What's Legal?

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Fireworks will be lighting up the metro sky, nightly, through July 4th, but do you know what time the pyrotechnics are supposed to stop according to city ordinance?

Fireworks in Omaha city limits are legally allowed to be fired by residents 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 25th through July 4th.

In Papillion, residents are permitted to light fireworks beginning 12:01 a.m. June 25th and ending 11:59 p.m. on July 4th.

La Vista
La Vista residents may use fireworks between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. June 25th through July 2nd. On July 3rd and 4th, fireworks may be discharged 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

According to Bellevue's ordinance, fireworks are permissible June 25th through July 4th 8 a.m. to midnight.

Iowa state law forbids the sale or lighting of fireworks year-round.

A variety of fireworks may be sold across Nebraska; however, there are some restrictions. According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal, the following are illegal:

  • Rockets that are mounted on a stick or wire and project in the air when ignited, with or without report
  • Wire sparklers, except that silver and gold sparklers are deemed to be consumer fireworks until January 1, 2014
  • Nighttime parachutes
  • Fireworks that are shot into the air and after coming to the ground cause automatic ignition due to sufficient temperature
  • Firecrackers that contain more than fifty milligrams of explosive composition
  • Fireworks that have been tested by the State Fire Marshal as a response to complaints and have been deemed to be unsafe

    Although the above are general rules on what fireworks are allowed, local jurisdictions are allowed to be more restrictive.

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