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ECSO warns public against firing guns on New Year's

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help make sure guns won't be fired off as part of New Year's Eve festivities. 

A few years ago, while bringing in 2010, a stray bullet actually came down into a man's house in Effingham County. The bullet went through his roof and penetrated his leg while he was sleeping.

The man lived through the accident but deputies say it could have been worse. That is why the Effingham County Sheriff's Office wants celebratory gunfire to stop.

"This year for us with the New Year season coming around, usually everyone likes to party and have a little get together and cook out. A lot of times, that does involve alcohol and guns. We just want to stress to the public that that does not mix," said Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor in a news release.

Firing a gun in the air for any reason can have deadly consequences because the projectile that goes into the air must come down. Bullets will come down at a speed that can penetrate a building.

ECSO will have increased patrols out over the holiday weekend in order to crack down on drunk driving as well as celebratory gunfire.

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