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OPD reminds residents of NYE celebratory gunfire, fireworks regulations

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 22:18:27-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha Police issued a statement Tuesday reminding residents of the dangers of celebratory gunfire and when fireworks can be used on New Year's Eve.

OPD says during the upcoming holiday period, they are deploying patrol officers in specific areas of the city that had the highest amount of illegal gun and fireworks activity recorded by ShotSpotter on New Year's Eve last year.

ShotSpotter is used to detect and locate gunfire incidents and gather intelligence data to fight crime and violence in Omaha.

Officers will respond to all ShotSpotter activations across the city and will arrest anyone discharging a firearm in public.

OPD also urges those with fireworks complaints tonight to call the non-emergency number, which is 402-444-5802.

9-11 should only be called if there's an immediate danger to life or property safety due to fireworks use.

Consumer fireworks may be used in Omaha from 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 through 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Read OPD's full post below.