Law enforcement agencies garnered a plethora of guns and a pile of fireworks relinquished voluntarily Saturday by citizens on fireworks/gun amnesty day.
Omaha Police Sgt. Matt Manhart, bomb squad commander, said people turned in 25 handguns and 25 rifles and shotguns, 650 pounds of fireworks, 1,200 pounds of bullets, shotgun shells and rifle rounds, six improvised explosive devices and a bag of potassium perchlorate, a powder used to make explosives.
Manhart said a couple hollowed out grenades, three 50-caliber rounds used in large machine guns and two simulator grenades for military training also were turned in at the two dropoff sites, one at Seymour Smith Park and the other at the fire station at 5505 N. 103rd St.
No questions were asked, he said. That's the point of amnesty day — to get guns and fireworks out of people's hands so the police can dispose of them properly.
Manhart said this was the eighth year in which fireworks/gun amnesty day has taken place.
He was pleased with the haul.
“Fantastic,” he said.