DPD to Patrol for Fireworks, Random Gunfire on New Year's Eve

Fines could reach $4,000 and time in jail

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Dec 30, 2011  |  Updated 11:12 AM CDT
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Fireworks, Random Gunfire Prohibited NYE

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Sure, it may not make t.he same sound as a 9mm, but it's pretty festive ... and much safer.

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If you like to ring in the new year with fireworks and random gunfire, the Dallas Police Department will be out on patrol looking for you Saturday night.

Officials with the department said fireworks in plain view will be confiscated and a citation will be issued to the person in possession of the fireworks.  The fine for possessing illegal fireworks in the city of Dallas can reach $2,000.

With drought conditions existing still for all of the Metroplex, those using fireworks outside of city limits in approved areas should use extreme caution.

Police said that it is not only illegal, but dangerous (what goes up must come down) to fire a gun randomly into the air.  Discharging a gun within city limits can earn you a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail.

If the bullet comes down and hits someone, that penalty is sure to be increased.

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