Fireworks contain a variety of toxic pollutants, including heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and other poisonous materials. To ensure these pollutants do not end up in our local waterways and negatively impact living organisms/aquatic ecosystems, it is important to properly dispose of fireworks waste and prevent it from entering storm drains on the street.
You can follow these steps to safely and properly dispose of fireworks waste, which helps prevent litter and water pollution:
1) After you complete your fireworks display, wait a minimum of 20 minutes before collecting fireworks waste to ensure that there are no burning materials present. If necessary, use some type of light source (flashlight, exterior light, etc.) to illuminate the area so that all fireworks waste can be clearly seen.
2) All spent fireworks (as well as damaged, misfired, or unused fireworks) should be submerged in a bucket or large tub of water for at least 15 minutes or until they are completely saturated.
3) Seal the saturated fireworks in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
4) Place the plastic bag into a trash receptacle (ideally, a metal container).
5) Make sure to sweep up any remaining fireworks dust and small debris.
6) Place the material into a plastic bag and discard the bag into a trash receptacle. If possible, keep all trash receptacles containing fireworks waste outside and away from any potential fire hazards until the morning after you complete your fireworks display.
7) The water used to soak fireworks should then be disposed of indoors down a toilet. Do NOT pour the water into a yard or down storm drains. Also, do NOT spray down your driveway/display area with a hose.
Information about the Omaha Police Department's Fireworks and Gun Amnesty Day:
Saturday, July 8, 2017
July 4th is the last day this season to legally use “consumer fireworks” in the City of Omaha. The Omaha Police Department will be hosting a Metro Area Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for those who have fireworks/guns that they would like to properly dispose of. The event will be held at three locations in the metro area and will accept all fireworks, ammunition and guns with no questions asked.
- Omaha Fire Station #43, 5505 North 103rd Street
- Seymour Smith Park, 72nd and Harrison Street
- Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, 1400 Big Lake Road, Council Bluffs, west parking lot
The Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day has many goals that would be beneficial for public participation. The day gives the public the opportunity to dispose of fireworks, firearms, ammunition, or any other explosive devices at a safe location with no questions asked. The operation will also give authorities the opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of fireworks and other explosives.
Note: If you have a firearm you would like to dispose of, it is helpful if they are unloaded, but it is not necessary. If you are unable to unload the gun, or are unsure if it is loaded, please ask for help before you remove it from your vehicle.
Fireworks safety information can be found on the following websites:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: www.atf.com
National Council on Fireworks Safety: www.fireworksafety.com