Bullets can travel up to 3 miles from where they were shot, depending on the caliber. What goes up, must come down.
​When a bullet is fired randomly into the air, there's no way of knowing where it will land.

Marquel Peters lost his life to celebratory gunfire on New Year's Day while inside a church in Dekalb, Georgia in 2010. The stray bullet pierced through the roof of the church. Marquel was only 4 years old.
15-year-old Karla Michelle Negrón Vélez was struck in the head by celebratory gunfire on New Year's Day 2012 in Puerto Rico. ​
​She was on life support for two weeks. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries. Read more here.

All deaths and injuries caused as a result of celebratory gunfire can be  prevented. This is a real  issue that affects all of us, in one way or another. Please help us spread the word.
Fallen bullets can reach terminal velocity of up to 500 feet per second. A bullet traveling at only 200 feet per second can penetrate a human skull.Celebratory Gunfire is an old tradition and irresponsible practice. It is not as  uncommon as you might think. It has claimed numerous lives and injured many others.
December 31, 2004: A 75 yr. old man in Orlando, FL. was mortally wounded in the heart from a falling bullet. Police later traced the bullet to a gun confiscated from a man firing into the air more than a mile away.
On July 4th. of 2013, 7-year-old Brendon Mackey was on his way to a fireworks celebration with his dad and other family members. He died the next day in a Richmond hospital. A bullet had struck him and lodged at the base of his skull as result of celebratory gunfire.

June 1999: 14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed by a bullet fired into the air more than a mile away. She was struck in the head while talking on the phone in her backyard in Phoenix, AZ. Her parents worked with elected officials,  and  one year later (in 2000) the careless discharge of a firearm within the city was elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony.
July 4th, 2012: Was watching fireworks with his wife and friends at the Safety Harbor Marina, in Florida. Richard Smeraldo was struck in the face by a stray bullet which was stopped from entering his chest by a medallion he was wearing.   

December 31, 1994: A tourist from Boston was killed by a falling bullet while taking a walk on the Moonwalk in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CASES REPORTED. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE MANY MORE.
67-year-old Laurie Saxon Eberhardt took a round in her hand and arm while watching fireworks on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront on New Year's Day 2013.  The  bullet  went across the wrist and down into the side of the 
arm. She has recovered and is fortunate to talk about it.
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10-year-old Aaliyah Boyer, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was welcoming 2013 with relatives in Elkton, Md., when, shortly after midnight, she collapsed.
​The family never heard the gunshots   over   the  sound  of fireworks. The fatal wound in her head was caused by Celebratory Gunfire. 

Aaliyah fought for her life for two days before taken off life-support. Read more here.

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January 1, 2012 - Ruskin, FL. Only a few minutes after midnight, 12-year-old Diego Duran, was struck in the head by a stray bullet. He was watching fireworks in his own front yard. Diego was in critical condition yet survived after several surgeries, medical procedures, and extensive therapy.
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Florida - Lt. Jimmy Judge of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says on January 1, 2013, just a few minutes after midnight, an 8-year-old boy got hit in foot by a stray bullet.
Joe Jaskolka, 24, was struck in the head by a stray bullet on New Year's Eve 1999, in South Philadelphia. He was 11-years-old at the time. His body and face are currently paralyzed. He also lost the use of his vocal chords on the left side.Joe has undergone multiple
​surgeries. The bullet is still lodged in his head.

Ulla White (64) was struck in the chest by a stray bullet on July 4, 2013.  She was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where she underwent heart surgery. She was on board a cruise ship near West Palm Beach's waterfront when she got struck.
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June 2013 - Brandon Reid (15) was indoors watching TV coverage of the Miami Heat's championship win, when a bullet zipped through the sliding glass door striking him 
​in the head. The doctors successfully removed the bullet.​
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January 1, 2012: 7-year old Alexis Rojas was sitting on his bed in Forest Grove, Oregon, watching TV when a bullet pierced his wall and struck him on the side of his abdomen.
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January 1, 2011 - Sergio Martinez, age 34 was killed when a bullet came through a window in the front of the family's home in Norcross, Georgia. The bullet hit him in the head.
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Guilford County, North Carolina -​ Victoria Osborne was struck in the head by New Year's Eve Gunfire while she was driving on January 1, 2012. She suffered a fractured skull.
Six-year-old Italian tourist Andrea Fregonese was in Miami with his family on New Year's Day in 2010, when a stray bullet punctured his lung.
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Celebratory Gunfire is Illegal. It injures and in most cases, takes innocent lives.
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New Years Day 2015 - Houston, TX. Javier Suarez Rivera was watching fireworks with his wife on his driveway. A bullet fired into the sky by one of his neighbors came down and struck him. He collapsed.
​Paramedics arrived at the scene too late. Unfortunately, Javier did not survive. He was 43 years old.

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