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King Co. sheriff: No celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve

SEATTLE - The King County sheriff is warning residents not to fire guns in celebration on New Year's Eve, due to the potential risks and consequences.

"Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere, and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant," said King County Sheriff John Urquhart.

Every year around the country people are injured and killed by celebratory gunfire, and law enforcement officials say they want to keep that from happening in King County.

The Sheriff's Office said if they can pinpoint someone shooting they will fully enforce the law. At a minimum a person can be charged with reckless endangerment, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

If convicted a shooter can be sentenced to jail for up to 364 days and is subject to a fine of up to $5,000.

"Don't spend your last day of 2012 in jail. Have fun but don't risk lives," says Urquhart.