New Year's Eve worry: falling bullets, fireworks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - From north to south, Louisiana residents are gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations.

From the Cane River in Natchitoches to the Mississippi at New Orleans, professional fireworks exhibitions are planned. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies around the state were urging caution for those who choose to set off firecrackers and other fireworks themselves. Some communities outlaw fireworks sales and use.

Another concern for police: the annual problem of revelers who fire guns into the air to celebrate the new year. Shreveport police issued a statement Wednesday reminding residents of the dangers posed by falling bullets. The firing of guns on New Year's Eve is an annual problem in many areas. In New Orleans, a tourist was killed by a falling bullet on New Year's Eve in 1994.

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