The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to refrain from using celebratory gunfire during the July 4th celebration.

Celebratory gunfire is defined as “shooting a firearm into the air in celebration.” Not only is celebratory gunfire dangerous, but it is also against the law. Shooting firearms recklessly and discharging a firearm 50 yards from a public street or highway are both against the law. When you fire something up into the air, it must come down. Stray bullets can damage personal property, and can cause personal injury or death.

Many people know that a bullet will travel high into the sky, but they don’t think about the fact that it comes back down at a high rate of speed. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to be mindful, and remember what goes up must come down, and that incidents from celebratory gunfire can easily be avoided.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office also wants to remind the public to be safe and responsible when using fireworks. On the dates of January 1st , July 3rd, and July 4th, fireworks can be used after 10:00 a.m. and up to and including the time of 11:59 p.m. No one under the age of 18 years old should be discharging fireworks. An adult should always be present.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies will be out during the July 4th Holiday weekend, paying special attention to individuals engaged in reckless conduct with firearms and fireworks, as well as those who decide to drink and drive. We want to do our part to ensure that everyone has a safe and Happy July 4th celebration.

If anyone hears gunfire, or sees anything suspicious call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or notify your local law enforcement agency.