South Bend Police Chief warns that celebratory gunfire on New Years is illegal

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It’s a holiday tradition for some, but it’s illegal for all.

The South Bend Police Department is warning gun owners against firing their guns into the air to celebrate New Year’s Day. In a statement by Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, he’s warning that fines for shooting a gun irresponsibly are set at $2,500.

Ruszkowski also notes that several fines have been issued this year already. The fine is intended to prevent celebratory gunfire, which can turn tragic if the bullet hits a human, animal or property.

At the same time, both the South Bend Police Department and the South Bend Fire Department is reminding those who shoot off fireworks to both use them safely and legally. Anyone violating the city’s fireworks ordinance also faces up to $500 in fines. Fines can be issued for possessing illegal fireworks as well as endangering life and property.

Felony arson charges can also be levied if fireworks start a fire.

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