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Fireworks Cleanup Guide

Fireworks contain a variety of toxic chemicals, including heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and other poisonous materials. These properties create colors and effects in fireworks, but can leave behind harmful pollution that impacts people, wildlife, and natural resources.

Safe cleanup practices will help prevent fireworks waste from entering storm drains on the street, which flow to rivers and streams without being filtered first. Cleaning up helps protect our local waterways and our urban ecosystem – the neighborhoods and parks where we live and play. Thanks for doing your part to keep our community healthy!

Use this step-by-step guide to clean up after your fireworks show.

Supplies needed: a flashlight (if cleaning up at night), bucket of water, plastic bags, gloves, broom & dust pan, trash container (preferably metal) 


In the days following fireworks celebrations, grab some gloves and help clean up fireworks litter in your neighborhood. Ways you can get involved:


Follow the City of Omaha Ordinance for discharging fireworks:

  • Consumer fireworks can be discharged in Omaha from July 2 through July 4, between 12 noon to 11 p.m. on those days, and from 5:00 p.m. on December 31 through 1:00 a.m. on January 1. (City Ordinance 20-320)

  • Persons discharging fireworks must be 16 years old or older. Those between the ages of 12 and 16 can discharge fireworks only under direct supervision of someone 19 years old or older.

Find fireworks safety information at these sites:

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