Fireworks laws for Lincoln, Lancaster County

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Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 3:38 PM CDT
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With Independence Day on Wednesday, there's sure to be plenty of people getting and enjoying fireworks in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

But before you start discharging fireworks, make sure you know what is legal in Lincoln and Lancaster County, and what's not.

  • Fines in Lincoln range between $100-$500
  • Fireworks can only be sold and discharged in Lincoln from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. on July 3-4
  • Sky lanterns, bottle rockets, sky rockets and other similar fireworks that project into the air from a stick or wire are banned in Lincoln. Also banned for personal use are large fireworks meant for public display and ground firecrackers with more than 50 milligrams of explosive composition. (Main fireworks that are legal in Lincoln are ones that don’t have big, noisy explosions, such as sparklers, fountains, color wheels, etc. (wire sparklers are illegal))
  • It's illegal to discharge fireworks in Lincoln: (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. Full list of fireworks regulations for Lincoln:
Lancaster County

Outside of Lincoln and other city limits, fireworks regulations are less strict in Lancaster County and more similar to state rules.

However, if you’re shooting off fireworks at late hours and disturbing your neighbors, officers can issue citations for disturbing the peace.

For more on permissible fireworks in Nebraska, click


Illegal fireworks information can be found


Other important laws (and safety tips) to remember when enjoying fireworks:
  • Make sure people handling and setting off fireworks are 18 year old or under adult supervision
  • Don’t handle or discharge fireworks under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Make sure there isn’t dry grass or anything combustible near where any fireworks are being discharged
  • Make sure fireworks are safely and appropriately secured, so they can’t fall over when functioning
  • Don’t relight a firework if it’s been lit and doesn’t go off
  • Remember to take wind into account, and if it’s very windy, hold off until it dies down
  • It’s a good idea to have water nearby when using fireworks