Many Nebraskans like to welcome the New Year with a bit of noise. The Omaha Police Department warns visitors to the city that celebratory gunfire is not welcome.
Reports show that remains a problem in many cities during the holiday season and sadly it can often have tragic results when innocent people are hit buy gunfire. Any bullet discharged from a gun, even into the sky, must land at some location and the risks are significant for injury or death.
Officer Gregory O’Neil says they are committed to its policy of zero tolerance of illegal gun use and its initiative to combat gun violence. He says, “Discharging a firearm within the city limits is not only illegal but potentially deadly and any violators will be arrested on that.”
Fireworks are welcome in Omaha for New Year’s Eve celebrations. They may be discharged within the city limits through December 30th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. On December 31st they are allowed from 8 a.m. through 1 a.m. on January 1st. You must be 16 years or older to possess, use or discharge consumer fireworks. Minors between 12 and 15 years of age may discharge consumer fireworks if they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is at least 19 years old. Those found in violation of this ordinance risk being cited for a criminal violation.