For some cosmic reason, in some parts of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, in Puerto Rico, as well as in some parts of the Mideast, some people think that a basic law of physics is repealed in New Year's Eve: Apparently, the simple principle that states that "what goes up must come down" does not apply on that date.
This is the only thing that can explain the practice of celebratory gunfire. Actually, some people get hurt or killed from this now and then.
Seriously, shooting a gun into the air can have bad consequences. A falling bullet can travel at a velocity sufficient to penetrate human skin. Shooting into the air simply to celebrate is something only a moron would do.
On the Mississippi River levee in places such as Gramercy and Lutcher (north of New Orleans) the celebrants have Christmas Eve bonfires. This is more safe and sane; and beautiful to behold!
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