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Police warn against firing weapons to celebrate

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What goes up must come down: a bullet fired from a weapon last New Year's Eve. What goes up must come down: a bullet fired from a weapon last New Year's Eve.
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INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis police are asking people to refrain from firing weapons into the air to celebrate the arrival of the new year, saying it is irresponsible, dangerous and illegal.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to several reports of gunshots last New Year's Eve, but no significant injuries were reported. Police officials say a bullet fired into the air can cause serious injury or death. Two people in Florida were injured by stray bullets last year while watching separate New Year's Eve fireworks shows.

Police urge anyone who sees someone firing a weapon to call 911. Police say someone arrested for firing a weapon could face a criminal charge of criminal recklessness, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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