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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - People all over Cenla and the world will be celebrating the New Year, but one party popper can cause serious danger to others.

It is time to ring in the New Year, and friends and families will celebrate many different ways as 2014 approaches.

One way some people celebrate is by shooting guns into the air. This can cause serious danger to you and your property.

"People get excited and they fire guns in the air, do not do that. First off it is against the law. Secondly, the age old adage of what goes up must come down is true," said Lt. Tommy Carnline with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

"It is normally gaining speed as it is coming down. So it is coming down with a good amount of velocity, I would think," said Stephanie Forest, owner of Big Al's Guns.

Shooting guns into the air can be destructive, which is something seen in Rapides Parish in the past.

"During New Year's, we have so many complaints of bullets coming through people's roofs," said Carnline.

It can also seriously injure a person or even become fatal.

"Some people have even been hurt and killed by bullets falling from the sky so it is not a good thing to do. Do not discharge your firearm in celebration of the New Year. That is the best thing we can tell you to do," said Carnline. 

So instead of using guns in celebration, celebrate with fireworks.

"Fireworks, you know they shoot off fireworks in certain areas that is fine. But discharging a firearm is not the thing to do."

Anyone who discharges a firearm in the air could receive to a citation or even jail time.

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