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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Police are warning residents that shooting a firearm into the air, or "celebratory gun fire" is not an appropriate way to bring in the new year.

They say it's very dangerous, and there have been incidents where people have been injured and even killed by stray bullets.

You can also be charged with wreckless conduct if it's proven that you've randomly shot off a firearm, especially in a residential neighborhood.

"The biggest thing they don't realize is anytime you shoot a bullet into the air, it continues to travel until it looses velocity, and then it comes back down and it comes back down just as fast as it went up," said Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson. "And they've actually had incidents where people have been killed by falling bullets. Stray bullets are basically what they are."

Officers say you be fined and even arrested for inappropriately discharging a firearm.

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