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.