Harris County officials warn against celebratory gunfire

Officials in Harris County, two days before July 4th, are warning people about the dangers of celebratory gunfire.

First of all, it’s illegal. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says if you do this and you’re caught, you’re going to jail.

“It’s punishable by one year in jail if no one is hurt. If anyone were to be injured or killed, more serious charges are certain,” Gonzalez explained.

Gonzalez added this firing your gun in the air is more dangerous than you realize.

“Bullets come down at very fast speeds. They are going to either damage property, injure someone, or kill someone,” Gonzalez said.

Crime Stoppers of Houston says they will accept tips and pay a reward of up to five thousand dollars if someone is identified and charged with firing their gun in the air.

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