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Leave gunfire, fireworks out of New Year's celebrations

4:48 PM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
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First Coast fire departments and law enforcement agencies are warning the public to refrain from shooting celebratory gunfire or fireworks when celebrating the arrival of 2014.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, celebratory gunfire can have dangerous consequences. A bullet fired into the air comes back to the ground at a rate of 300 to 700 miles per hour - "enough velocity for a bullet to pierce a person's skull."

St. Johns County Fire Rescue reports that the illegal use of fireworks can lead to wildfires or accidental injuries.

"As always please remember that in the State of Florida it is illegal to use any firework that either goes boom, or leaves the ground," said SJCFR Public Information Officer Jeremy Robshaw in a release.

For more information on firework safety contact the Fire Marshals office at (904) 209-1700 or visit


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