Cleveland police remind residents that celebratory gunfire, fireworks on New Year’s Eve are illegal and ‘very dangerous’

Cleveland police remind residents that celebratory gunfire, fireworks on New Year’s Eve are illegal and ‘very dangerous’

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Division of Police issued a public safety reminder ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The reminder, which should be common sense, states that “not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is also dangerous.”

Police say the intention may be celebratory to shoot towards the sky, but the consequences can be disastrous, especially in densely populated urban areas like Cleveland, for neighbors and property.

Last year, there were several significant incidents involving celebratory gunfire documented in connection to New Year’s Eve:

The city of Cleveland is also reminding residents that most types of fireworks are illegal to possess and discharge in the state of Ohio because they can ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.

Police, fire officials, and paramedics will be patrolling the streets on New Year’s Eve, the city said.

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