Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every Independence Day they go off with a bang - fireworks - climbing into the air and bursting into a beautiful array of sparkling and streaming colors. But the booms and blasts that come with these aerial displays are far different when compared to the dangerous and sometimes deadly fireworks that have become associated with this holiday - gunfire.
"Mostly we're seeing a lot of pistols," says Lt. Cliff Rousse with the Dougherty County Police.
Like fireworks in the night sky, phone lines light up emergency 911 centers. One after another with callers reporting gunfire.
"On July 4th, probably for about 2 hours we may get as many as 30 calls," says Rousse.
Celebratory gunfire can be costly to property. Over the New Year's holiday, a Ford Explorer was damaged by a falling bullet outside an Albany apartment complex. Several windows and rooftops also received damage. But it's not just property that can take a hit from a bullet that can travel several hundred feet per second, even on the way down.
"It has no problem going through the side window of a car and it has no problem going through the door of a car. It can easily come out the side and it's easily going to penetrate a person," says Rousse.
While statistics aren't alarming in the number of casualties from celebratory gunfire in the United States, that doesn't mean it can't happen. And the penalties are tough.
Rousse says, "Reckless conduct is the very minimum. I believe the city has an ordinance against discharging firearms in the city limits. But if the bullet hurts someone or if it damages something, you're looking at more serious charges. It's just worth it."