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Police: Don't celebrate new year with gunfire

Posted at 12:50 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 13:50:44-05

This New Year's Eve, fireworks are OK, but celebratory gunfire is not – that’s the message from the Omaha Police Department Monday.

Officials are reminding residents of the city’s fireworks ordinance, which allows for sales and use starting Monday.

Per Omaha’s city ordinance, fireworks are allowed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Monday and Wednesday. On New Year’s Eve, they’re allowed from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Police say they’ll also be on the lookout for anyone illegally firing a gun to ring in the New Year.

“During the holidays, we want to remind the public that discharging a firearm within the city limits is not only illegal but potentially deadly, and any violators will be arrested,” officials said in a prepared statement.

They say bullets fired into the sky can still cause injury or death when they fall back down.