Mayor Stothert proposes changes to firework ordinance

Mayor Stothert proposes changes to firework ordinance
Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 08:11:18-04

Omaha mayor Jean Stothert has asked the City Council to consider shortening the time fireworks can be purchased in the city, citing hundreds of 911 calls over fireworks each year. 

Currently, fireworks can be sold from June 25 to July 4 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. Stothert proposed the firework season be five days around the Fourth of July. 

Stothert also suggested that fireworks not be discharged until noon. Right now, fireworks are allowed from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. 

"I believe this is an appropriate compromise which will allow the celebration of Independence Day, while addressing citizen concerns about noise, fireworks injuries, the effects on persons with PTSD, property damage and the impact on pets," Stothert said in a letter sent to City Council.