CLEVELAND - Cleveland officials are warning residents not to fire weapons while ringing in the new year.
Public Safety Director Martin Flask said that shooting a gun to celebrate any occasion is very dangerous, especially in densely populated cities like Cleveland.
“When a firearm is discharged, the bullet will travel a path until it strikes someone or something,” Flask said in a news release on Friday. “What goes up will most assuredly come down.”
“The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can have disastrous consequences for a neighbor or someone blocks away,” Flask said.
Under a Cleveland ordinance, it is also illegal to discharge a firearm in the city.
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With the Cleveland Marathon now just one day away, professionals at the I-X Center Friday were making sure to provide plenty of last minute tips they say, runners should begin to use Friday night.
Security for the Cleveland Marathon will be tight as tens of thousands of runners and spectators are expected to participate in this weekend’s event, according to organizers.