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Birmingham Police warn against celebratory gunfire

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If your July 4th celebrations will last into the night in Birmingham, you need to know the rules.  Fireworks and celebratory gunfire are illegal.

The Birmingham Police Department will utilize its Shot Spotter system to target offenders. Extra-officers will also be on patrol.  Police say if you're caught shooting fireworks or a gun, you will be arrested.  "We really want to combat celebratory gunfire. A lot of people still like to celebrate by discharging their weapons into the air. It is illegal. It is very dangerous.  You can kill someone or seriously injure someone," said Sgt. Johnny Williams.

The Shot Spotter technology is able to detect the difference between a gunshot and a firework pop.

If you hear any celebratory gunfire in your neighborhood, police ask you contact them immediately.