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Birmingham Police cracking down on New Year's Eve gunfire

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -

Birmingham Police want the public to know celebrating New Year's Eve is OK, just don't do it with guns.

The Birmingham Police Department is once more launching "Operation: Crackdown," which is aimed at preventing celebratory gunfire and arresting those who do it.

Police Chief A.C. Roper says firing guns into the air is not just dangerous, but against the law.

Police say a bullet fired into the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to Earth, it can reach a speed of 300-to-700 feet per second. A velocity of only 200 feet per second is enough to penetrate the human skull.

Police are asking people to refrain from shooting their weapons during New Year's Eve celebrations. They are also asking anyone who sees someone participating in celebratory gunfire to call the police.

Police plan on having officers throughout the city to enforce firearms violations.

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