Omaha police don’t want people storing fireworks in their garages until the next Fourth of July. Fireworks need to be properly disposed of after the holiday, said Sgt. Matt Manhart of the bomb squad.
Children who don’t know any better could easily start playing with fireworks and that could lead to injuries, Manhart said.
The composition of fireworks that are stored in an area with temperature swings will change over time. That can lead to dangerous situations.
Leaving fireworks in a garage “actually damages the powders on the inside,” Manhart said.
“Then (people) go to light them next year and they get a slow burn and they pick it up and try and do something with it ... and it ends up going off in their hand.”
Police will sponsor an amnesty day Saturday for fireworks, as well as unwanted firearms.
No questions will be asked when guns, ammunition and fireworks are turned over to authorities. At last year’s post-Fourth of July amnesty day, authorities collected 800 pounds of fireworks, 47 guns and 900 pounds of ammunition.
Among the dropped off items: two grenades, a semi-automatic SKS rifle, two sawed-off shotguns, improvised explosives and 15 commercial-type shells.
The locations for this year’s amnesty day: » Omaha Fire Station 43, 103rd and Fort Streets, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. » Seymour Smith Park, 72nd and Harrison Streets, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next time fireworks can be lawfully discharged in Omaha is from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1.