Council approves fireworks sales dates

Published: Sep. 25, 2018 at 3:19 PM CDT
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The Omaha City Council has approved changes to the city's fireworks ordinance.

The council voted to allow for a seven day window next year to buy fireworks before July 4th. Revelers will only have three days to shoot them off.

Sales will run from June 28 to July 4, and fireworks will be able to be lit from July 2 through July 4.

"The City Council's action in response to overwhelming public concern about fireworks is necessary and appropriate. I appreciate the Council's willingness to support the changes I proposed and take additional steps to limit fireworks sales and use while maintaining our Independence Day celebrations," said Mayor Jean Stothert in a statement.

This past Fourth of July, so many people called 911 to complain about illegal firework use that the system got overloaded and some could not get through for emergencies.

Some wonder if the changes will actually help.

"I think there's going to need to be education, and we can't have people overloading 911 like we had last year. We're going to have to come up with a system for this before the end of June," said City Councilwoman Aimee Melton.

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