Friday, October 25, 2013

"For thirty hours all ordinances prohibiting the discharge of firearms and firecrackers will be suspended..."


Mayor Moores Issues the Go-Ahead Signal
for July 4.


Ordinance Against Fireworks Will Be
Suspended Long Enough to Give
Young America His Inning--
Executive's Proclamation.

   From 6 o'clock the evening of July 3 until midnight of July 4 young America and his ear-splitting explosives will reign supreme in Omaha.

   Omaha will blossom out in red, white and blue on Independence day and celebrate the dawn of liberty with a vengeance, If the wishes of Mayor Moores are complied with.

   "Celebrate properly" is the mandate of the mayor. For thirty hours all ordinances prohibiting the discharge of firearms and firecrackers will be suspended. The only restriction on effervescing patriotism will be that dynamite and cannon firecrackers shall not be on the bill of fare.

   Mayor Moores' proclamation is as follows:

   To the Citizens of Omaha: As our great national holiday, the Fourth of July, draws near it become my privilege to call the attention of our people to the duty which every citizen owes to his country to celebrate properly the anniversary of our national independence.

   It is earnestly hoped that every loyal citizen of Omaha will cease labor himself and give his employes also a holiday on that day and show his patriotism by displaying flags and bunting on his residence and on his place of business. The ordinances of the city of Omaha forbid the firing of firearms and firecrackers at all times, but this rule may be suspended by the mayor. I hereby suspend the operation of these ordinances for the evening of July 3 and for all of July 4, 1901. The firing of dynamite firecrackers and cannon firecrackers is made a misdemeanor by the city ordinances and is punishable. by a heavy fine. This ordinance is not suspended and will be strictly enforced. The firing of fireworks prior to the evening of July 3 is also a misdemeanor and the police have been ordered to arrest violators of the ordinance. This order will be followed to the letter, for such firing is dangerous and has caused several teams to run away, thereby endangering life and property.

   The firing of explosives on July 3 and 4 in alleys near barns or other combustible materials is expressly prohibited. Respectfully, FRANK E. MOORES, Mayor.

[The Omaha Daily Bee, Wednesday Morning, July 3, 1901. Pg. 12]

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