Celebratory New Year’s Eve Gunfire Blamed For Injuries In Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police are blaming celebratory gunfire for injuries suffered by two people watching New Year’s Eve fireworks in separate parts of Florida.

Lt. Jimmy Judge of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says that shortly before midnight Monday, an 8-year-old boy in downtown Jacksonville told his father that something had hurt his foot.

Judge tells The Florida Times-Union that when the boy’s father examined his shoe, he found a bullet.

In St. Petersburg, police say a 67-year-old woman was leaning against a balcony railing at a yacht club when she felt something strike her right wrist just after midnight. A bullet was removed from her wrist at a hospital.

Authorities urged people not to fire their guns in the air in celebration because the falling bullets could strike innocent bystanders.

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