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Don't shoot into the air to celebrate New Year

Don't shoot into the air to celebrate New Year
Posted at 6:28 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 18:28:29-05

There are many ways to celebrate the New Year, but police say shooting into the air shouldn't be one of them.

You could seriously injure someone or kill them, not to mention facing jail time.

Indianapolis police say small caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 300 feet per second. Large caliber can fall at 500 feet per second.

At a rate of 150 to 170 feet per second, a bullet can penetrate the skin.

200 feet per second can penetrate the human skull. 

If arrested for firing a gun into the air, you could face a charge of criminal recklessness which is punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

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