People were encouraged to come out between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. today and dispose of their unused fireworks, ammunition and old firearms today.
There were three locations to get rid of your fireworks – Ambassador Worship Center near 103rd and Fort streets, Seymour Smith Park near 72nd and Harrison streets, and in a parking lot near 28th and Broadway streets in Council Bluffs.
Sgt. Mark Stuart with the Council Bluffs Police Department said getting rid of the fireworks can help keep your family safe.
"Besides from the legal aspect, it's for our children,” Stuart said. “It's not something you want to leave around the house. A lot of people think they're harmless fireworks, but every year, they contribute to serious injuries."
Around 9:45 a.m., crews at the Council Bluffs site say they already had 25 pounds of fireworks and ammunition. Stuart also said the amnesty day helps take a load off citizens who don’t know what to do with old fireworks.
“The people who come here are glad to see us,” he said. “They're glad to have a place to get rid of them so they don't have the responsibility of someone getting injured.”
And like the name says, turning in illegal fireworks, like bottle rockets, won't earn you a fine.