The nine-day period preceding Independence Day might be quieter after the Bellevue City Council Monday night voted 6-0 to reduce the hours that fireworks may be detonated.

Not that anyone’s holding out high hopes.

Councilman Don Preister, who proposed the ordinance banning fireworks detonation after 10 p.m. from June 25 through July 3, said the ordinance, like the previous ordiinance, will be hard to enforce.

Police Chief Mark Elbert agreed.

Elbert said police typically receive numerous noise complaints during the period leading up to July 4, “but there is almost literally nothing we can do to enforce it.”

Reducing the hours to 10 p.m. will give police the option of treating fireworks as noise violations, he said.

Fireworks may still be detonated until midnight on Independence Day, which remains the latest deadline in the Omaha metro area.

Preister has fought to restrict fireworks hours – and would like to restrict them further – out of concern for war veterans who he said experience post traumatic stress disorder from the noise and also from concerns about property damage.

Preister told councilmembers he hopes uniform times can be established throughout Sarpy County and Omaha, and urged states senators to consider reducing the number of days fireworks may be exploded statewide.

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