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No Celebratory Gunfire This Fourth of July

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MIAMI(CBSMiami) – Fourth of July is all about barbecues, picnics, family time and of course fireworks.

It is not the time, however, to bring out a gun and fire it in the air to celebrate.

On Thursday Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado urged the community to leave their guns at home on the night of July 4th. They added that not only is it dangerous to fire into the air because stray bullets can kill, it’s also a crime.

The “One Bullet Kills The Party” campaign is an annual event, but it’s a message worth repeating. In recent years in the City of Miami, stray bullets have not been a problem. City officials believe this passionate campaign is the reason why. But they don’t want that record to be ruined by an injury or death this holiday weekend.

Last year a woman in Ft. Lauderdale was hit by a stray bullet.

April Johnson was sitting on the sidewalk in front of her brother’s home at 216 NW 28th Avenue, with her one year old nephew on her lap, she felt a sharp pain in her left thigh. Miraculously her nephew escaped harm.

Johnson said the bullet came out of thin air. She doesn’t believe anyone on the street where she sitting, fired the gun.

Click here to watch the report.

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