Dangers of Celebratory Gunfire!

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What Goes Up Must Come Down!

As New Year’s Eve approaches, the City of Cleveland wants to actively remind the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is dangerous. The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious.
In a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating.  The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away. When a firearm is discharged, the bullet will travel a path until it strikes someone or something. Not only can someone get hurt, it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Cleveland (Codified Ordinance 627.20).
Our safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Our police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood. So celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve and ring in an enjoyable New Year.