ATLANTA (AP) — Police departments in Atlanta and elsewhere are reminding New Year’s revelers that celebratory gunfire is illegal and could result in jail time or a fine.

Celebratory gunfire is the act of pointing a gun skyward and firing shots into the air.

Atlanta Police officials say a falling bullet could have the same impact on someone as a shooter aiming and firing at them. Authorities say a bullet fired into the air could rise up to a mile high before gaining velocity during its descent.

In Atlanta, anyone caught firing a gun into the air could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $1,000.

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