The 4th of July was weeks ago but occasionally we still hear a few fireworks. Storing them can be dangerous so that is why the Omaha Police Department is providing a safe place to dispose of them. Omaha Police Sgt. Matt Manhart says they are holding an amnesty day on Saturday where people can not only drop off fireworks but unwanted guns and ammunition.
In the past some interesting items have been dropped off at collection sites. Sgt. Manhart says, “We’ve had everything from hand grenades, mortar rounds, pipe bombs. In the firearms department we’ve had short guns that are illegal to possess. Ammunition that has been sitting around in the basement for a long time. Maybe an individual was involved in hunting and wants to get that ammunition out we can dispose of it.” All guns and ammunition can be dropped off with no questions asked. Police ask that if you have a firearm you want to dispose of and are unable to unload the gun or not sure if it is loaded, ask an officer before you remove it from the vehicle.
In the fireworks category Sgt. Manhart says they typically collect between 800 and 1,000 pounds of unwanted items.
There are two drop off locations, Seymour Smith Park at 72nd and Harrison Street and the Omaha Fire Station near 103rd and Fort Street. Items will be accepted from 9 am until 3 pm.