Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire Prohibited in City Limits

by Alicia Pryor
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ECTOR COUNTY - It happens with the celebration of every New Year. Folks across the Basin and across the United States firing off shots to celebrate a new beginning. Whether you chose to celebrate it with fireworks or guns, both Midland and Ector County authorities are asking you to be safe this holiday season.

"You just should use a little bit of common sense," Sergeant Gary Duesler with the Ector County Sheriff's Department knows all too well that things can quickly go wrong.  He's seen many people hit by stray bullets, some have even been killed. So, when you shoot off a gun think of Newton's Law of Gravity, what comes up must come down.

"If you're shooting the round straight up into the air it's going to return to the ground at about 300 to 400 feet per second which estimates at about 300 miles per hour, so if you shoot something straight up into the air, I wouldn't be there for the end result," Duesler said.

"Bullets have to land somewhere and a lot of times they end up not too far from where they were fired, or several miles from where they were shot off," Officer Alfredo Grimaldo with the Midland Police Department, said.

Ector County isn't the only West Texas town cracking down, the Midland Police Department will be beefing up their patrols to keep everyone safe going into the New Year.

"Don't drink and go out and shoot a gun, the combination never mixes well," Duesler said.