SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Selma responded to more than a dozen calls for celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve despite asking the public to stop the dangerous practice.
Police Chief William Riley told the Selma Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/1dl2axB ) that his officers are trying to get people to break the habit, popular on New Year's Eve and Independence Day.
He said falling bullets can strike a home, vehicle or person.
Riley said the first calls reporting gunfire started around 7:30 p.m. and continued into the early hours of New Year's Day.
Police can arrest residents for recklessly handling firearms.