The South Bend Police Department is among the many reminding residents not to shoot a gun in the air to celebrate the new year at midnight.
The department posted on Facebook:
“There are a lot of things you can do when the clock strikes midnight for the new year… shooting a gun in the air shouldn’t be one of them. Recklessly discharging a firearm in South Bend could result in a $2,500 fine – or worse – property damage and injuries.”
Indianapolis Metro Police issued a statement:
“A bullet fired into the air can ascend a mile or more in the air. Smaller caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 300 feet per second and larger caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 500 feet per second,” IMPD said. “A rate of 150 to 170 feet per second can penetrate the human skin, while a velocity of 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.”
Police encourage anybody who sees someone firing a weapon to call 911.