Omahans will have just eight hours to ring in the New Year with fireworks this year. Eight hours to do so legally, anyway.

In September, the Omaha City Council voted to shorten the city’s New Year’s and July Fourth fireworks seasons.

People can shoot off fireworks in Omaha from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The previous rules let people use fireworks in the city for a few days this time of year.

Using fireworks illegally in the city could cost you — it’s a $300 fine for the first offense.

You still cannot buy fireworks in Omaha over the New Year’s holiday.

But you can purchase them in some parts of the metro area. Here are the laws governing the use and sale of fireworks in the area:

Omaha

Sale: Omaha doesn’t allow winter fireworks sales

Use: 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day

You also can’t use flying lanterns or shoot celebratory gunfire into the sky in Omaha.

Lincoln

Does not allow the sale or discharge of winter fireworks.

Ralston

Does not allow the sale or discharge of winter fireworks.

Bellevue

Sale: No winter sales

Use: 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day

Papillion

Sale: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

Use: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

La Vista

Does not allow the sale or discharge of winter fireworks.

Council Bluffs

Sale: Allowed only at brick-and-mortar stores from Dec. 10 through Jan. 3

Use: Noon on New Year’s Eve to 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. There are some restrictions, including that people shooting off fireworks must be 50 feet away from structures.

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