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      Gunfire & fireworks in Birmingham

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      As we inch closer to Independence Day, expect fireworks. {}However, don't shoot them off in the city limits of Birmingham. {}The police department announced an operation aimed at reducing the unlawful use of fireworks and discharging of firearms within the City Limits. {}Police say celebrating the 4th of July holiday by shooting in the air is not only unlawful, but dangerous as well. {}This operation will take an aggressive approach at targeting those individuals that choose to take part in the use of fireworks and the reckless behavior of discharging firearms as a form of celebration.The Birmingham Police Department will have additional officers and support personnel out in force to help combat and enforce the fireworks and firearms ordinances of the city. {}The operation will utilize the Shot Spotter System as well as citizen complaints to target offenders. {}Officers will also be placed in strategic locations throughout the city to address the illegal activity.{}If you see someone firing a gun, call the police. {}If a stray bullet from your gun should hit or kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with felony assault or murder. {}"Our goal is to help ensure citizen's have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend without the fear of injury from illegal behavior," said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

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