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Don't shoot guns into the air on New Years Eve

Pima County Sheriff's Department New Years Gunfire, Police NYE gunfire
Posted at 4:11 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 16:58:16-05

What goes up, must come down.

On New Years Eve, many in Tucson will throw confetti, hats, and other items in the air. All of these will fall back to Earth harmlessly, but bullets won't.

Though some may think it's harmless fun, celebratory gunfire can result in property damage, severe injuries and even death. It's also illegal anywhere within the contiguous United States.

Local law enforcement are reminding everyone to celebrate the end of the year in other ways.

The CDC studied celebratory gunfire during New Years celebrations in Puerto Rico, which, at the time, had roughly 4 million people inside of its borders. The data the CDC gathered found that the most common part of the body hit was the head, followed by the feet and then shoulders.

New Year's Eve Injuries Caused by Celebratory Gunfire --- Puerto Rico, 2003 
Figure 1
Celebratory gunfire injuries by body location

If you hear gunfire, please report it to the police at 9-1-1.