As we inch closer to Independence Day, expect fireworks. However, don't shoot them off in the city limits of Birmingham. The police department announced an operation aimed at reducing the unlawful use of fireworks and discharging of firearms within the City Limits. Police say celebrating the 4th of July holiday by shooting in the air is not only unlawful, but dangerous as well. This operation will take an aggressive approach at targeting those individuals that choose to take part in the use of fireworks and the reckless behavior of discharging firearms as a form of celebration.
The Birmingham Police Department will have additional officers and support personnel out in force to help combat and enforce the fireworks and firearms ordinances of the city. The operation will utilize the Shot Spotter System as well as citizen complaints to target offenders. Officers will also be placed in strategic locations throughout the city to address the illegal activity.
If you see someone firing a gun, call the police. If a stray bullet from your gun should hit or kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with felony assault or murder. "Our goal is to help ensure citizen's have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend without the fear of injury from illegal behavior," said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.
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