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July 1, 2008
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Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 441.7226

Lincoln Police Remind Everyone to Stay Safe this 4th of July

As the holiday weekend approaches, the Lincoln Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinances in place designed to keep the citizens of Lincoln safe. Officers will take enforcement action on all fireworks complaints and any on-view violations. In addition to City Ordinance violations, citations may also be written for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Child Abuse/Neglect.

9.44.010 Fireworks Regulation; Definitions.
Permissible fireworks shall mean only sparklers, vesuvius fountains, spray fountains, torches, color firecones, star and comet-type color aerial shells without explosive charge for the purpose of making a noise, and color wheels.

9.44.030 Fireworks; Unlawful Acts; Enumerated.
It shall be unlawful for any retailer to sell fireworks to any person under the age of eighteen years, and no person under the age of eighteen shall discharge, explode, or use any fireworks except under the supervision of a person eighteen years of age or older.

9.44.080 Permissible Fireworks; Sale and Use Only on July 3 and July 4; Hours of Use Restricted.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, explode, or use any permissible fireworks within the City of Lincoln except from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 3 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4 of each year.

9.44.100 Fireworks; Unlawful Discharging, Firing, Launching, or Throwing Prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, fire, launch, or throw any fireworks or any object which explodes upon contact with another object:
(a) from or into any motor vehicle;
(b) onto any street, highway, or sidewalk;
(c) at or near any person;
(d) into or upon any building;
(e) into or at any group of persons; or
(f) into or upon the premises of another person.

The July 4th holiday weekend is one of the busiest weekends for the police department. In 2007, officers took nearly 200 fireworks related calls on July 3rd and 4th, in addition to over 700 other calls for service. The Lincoln Police Department asks for the cooperation of all citizens in preventing injury and property damage by using legal fireworks products safely and only according to recommended instructions. Please refrain from the use or possession of illegal fireworks. We encourage you to leave large firework displays to the professionals. The Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Lake Park is a free opportunity to enjoy the holiday with all day events ending with a fantastic fireworks display. See Uncle Sam Jam 2008 for more information.

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