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Birmingham PD continues crackdown on celebratory gunfire

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L-R: Chief A.C. Roper, Sgt. Johnny Williams, Mayor William Bell and L-R: Chief A.C. Roper, Sgt. Johnny Williams, Mayor William Bell and
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

As 2013 comes to an end Birmingham Police have a reminder: don't shoot firearms into the air to celebrate.

They say if citizens do, they will be arrested in Operation Crackdown. Software called ShotSpotter can help officers pinpoint where a gun is shot. In 2013, police say there were more than 1,000 reports of gunfire and fireworks.

Police Chief A.C. Roper shared one story to show how dangerous celebratory gunfire can be.

"Just two years ago, we had officers respond to a call and a bullet rained down from the sky and hit a patrol unit. Fortunately no one was hurt, but it really shows just how dangerous this celebratory gunfire can be," he said.

Mayor William Bell shared his support for the operation.

"While we want people to enjoy the festivities of ringing in the new year, celebratory gunfire, it's dangerous, you may not have the intent of hurting someone, but a bullet has no GPS unit in it, it has no eyes, no sense of direction," he said.

If a person is caught by police they could face six months in jail and a $500 fine.

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