What goes up, must come down! Celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve can be deadly

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – What goes up, must come down. The saying holds true for confetti – and bullets.

Indianapolis officers are once again warning residents to not fire their guns as the clock strikes midnight tonight.

Celebratory gunfire causes property damage, injuries, and even death every year on New Year’s Eve.

IMPD says a bullet fired into the air can ascend a mile or more. Smaller caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 300 feet per second and larger caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 500 feet per second. A rate of 150 to 170 feet per second can penetrate the human skin, while a velocity of 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

If arrested for firing a weapon, you could face a charge of criminal recklessness – a level 6 felony punishable by six months and up to two and a half years in jail, and a potential fine of up to $10,000.

Last year, IMPD dispatchers took more than 80 calls from residents reporting gunfire in neighborhoods during New Year’s Eve celebration hours. Five homeowners reported damage from bullets hitting their homes. In one report, a baby was sleeping just feet away from where a bullet landed.

Police are asking everyone to use common sense when it comes to handling their firearms.

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