CREATED Jul. 5, 2013
Omaha, NE - The forth of July is one of the more dangerous holidays for people blowing up fireworks. Police need to be available for any accidents that may occur.
We wanted to know, with all the explosions on the forth, were officers tied up chasing what sounded like gun shots? We found most of Omaha's police officers were not chasing false calls.
Since Omaha invested in shot spotter, police say it's drastically helped during shooting investigations. The device detects any loud boom including those let off all day on Independence day. To our ears, fireworks sound a lot like gun fire, however, audio signals and wave forms from a gun are very different than anything else and shot spotter knows the difference.
"Shot spotter has been a really good tool for us, we are in fireworks season and they do a really good job at telling the difference between a fire work and a gun fire incident," says Omaha police Lieutenant Darci Tierney.
Once in a while, shot spotter will confuse non-traditional fireworks with gunfire. Police will check out the location reported. Lieutenant Tierney says police would rather check out a false call then put the public in danger.
Shot spotter will send a signal to police within thirty seconds of an explosion and even tells police what type of device made the blast. Police get responses for everything from a back fire from a car to helicopters and especially gun shots.