Despite concerns about COVID-19 exposure, Omaha police will respond to fireworks complaints this year, the department said Monday. The department also is instituting a fireworks hotline to take pressure off 911.

The hotline is 402-444-5802. Police say it is best to call the hotline as soon as you hear the fireworks to better guarantee the officer catches the individual.

Because of the coronavirus, the department this spring began limiting in-person response to nonemergency calls and instead took those reports over the phone.

Phil Anson, spokesman for the police department, said fireworks don’t fall into that category. Officers will go out to fireworks complaints, he said.

The department will have someone from each precinct dedicated to fireworks calls, according to police, however the start date for that enforcement effort isn’t yet available.

Legally, fireworks can be shot off in Omaha only from noon to 11 p.m., Thursday, July 2, through Saturday, July 4.

The sale of fireworks in Omaha is permitted Sunday through July 4.

Fines for shooting off fireworks begin at $300.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email: nancy.gaarder@owh.com

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