Police remind residents that celebratory gunfire is dangerous, even deadly

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- From the Power and Light District to Union Station to the Plaza, thousands of people will be ringing in the new year Thursday night.

Police, though, are warning people to be careful how they celebrate because it could be dangerous, even deadly.

It’s called celebratory gunfire -- the act of shooting guns into the sky. But as Isaac Newton once said, "what goes up, must come down,” and those stray bullets could be deadly.

An organization called "Bullet Free Sky" hopes a new public service announcement will help put an end to celebratory gunfire.

It released this video -- showcasing the danger -- there's no way to know where a bullet is going to land.

It's been four and a half years since 11-year-old Blair Shanahan Lane was killed during an Independence Day celebration.

The girl was lighting fireworks near 43rd and Pittman Road when she collapsed.

Police rushed to the scene and discovered it was a shooting. Unfortunately, officers say Blair's story is one of many.

In Blair’s case, the man who owned the gun that killed her spent 18 months in jail for a death that police say could have been prevented.