Cleveland Public Safety Director warns against shooting guns on New Year's Eve

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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