Nearly 350 Reports of Celebratory Gunfire in Columbus New Year's Day

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Despite warnings that it is illegal, Columbus Police took nearly 350 reports of celebratory gunfire, shortly after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day.

Deputy Chief Michael Woods says the department took a total of 341 reports of shots fired, outlined in this map.

Police had sent out a public service announcement, saying that celebratory gunfire is not only dangerous, but illegal.

Residents had said their neighborhoods sound like a war zone shortly after midnight New Year's Day with the sound of gunfire.

Officials say the bullets fired into the air can cause serious injuries when the come down. There were no reports of injuries.

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