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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Fireworks: Legal hours, safety tips and when to call 911

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Brightly colored tents are popping up across Sarpy County, which means Fourth of July festivities are about to begin. Please celebrate safely and only shoot fireworks during designated hours.

If you have a noise complaint about fireworks, use the county’s non-emergency number: 402-593-4111. 

Calling 911 for non-emergency reasons could delay an emergency call from getting through, so please know which number to use.

Officers will respond to noise complaints only after all emergency calls have been resolved.

Here are some tips from Sarpy County Emergency Communications/911 to help you decide when to call 911:

  • Call 911: To stop a crime. To report a fire. To save a life.
  • Call 402-593-4111: To report a non-emergency situation. 

 If you are calling 911 with an emergency, be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is your current location?
  • What is your phone number?
  • What is happening?

Fireworks safety tips from the National Safety Council

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Only use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

2022 Fireworks hoursWhen are fireworks allowed in Sarpy County?

Bellevue

  • June 25-July 3: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Papillion

  • June 25-July 3: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4: 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

La Vista

  • June 28-July 2: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3-4: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Gretna

  • June 25-July 3: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

Springfield

  • June 25-July 3: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

SIDs and unincorporated areas outside city limits

  • June 25-July 3: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

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