Fireworks Laws

Setting off fireworks. When does it become a nuisance? It’s wise to know what your local city or village ordinance says. There is nothing in Nebraska state law stating it is illegal to set off fireworks, the law only addresses the time of firework sales, said Cass County Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann.

But local ordinances supersede in some communities.

The Cassgram reports that for example here is a press release from the Plattsmouth Police Department: Fireworks can be set off in Plattsmouth June 24 thru July 5, 2013. Timeframes during these dates: 8am thru 11pm and July 4, 8am thru 12am. Anyone setting off fireworks outside these times will be cited for disturbing the peace. Also, keep in mind that it is against the law to set off fireworks within a 500 foot radius of any establishment selling fireworks.

Cass County does not have a fireworks ordinance but road patrol deputies are given guidelines to follow: If a complaint is made after 10pm during the week, or after midnight on the weekend, deputies may respond to the complaint but it will not be designated as a call that necessitates a special trip. Deputies have the option of fitting the complaint into their efficient normal patrol.

After those hours, deputies have the option of just requesting the people shooting off the fireworks to quit for the night or issuing a disturbing the peace citation if they determine it is warranted.


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