The St. Petersburg Police Department posted a public service announcement video to YouTube early Thursday reminding residents that firing guns into the air is a spectacularly dangerous way to celebrate the Fourth of July.
"Bullets fired up in the sky for fun can and do strike innocent people when they come down," read a news release accompanying the video.
On Jan. 1, Hillsborough County authorities investigated a .45-caliber bullet fired into the air on New Year's Eve that pierced a Seffner woman's home, landing in her bathroom. The year before, a woman was struck by a falling bullet while watching fireworks from a second floor balcony of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
And in 2012, 12-year-old Diego Duran nearly died after he was hit in the head by a falling bullet as he watched fireworks outside his home in Ruskin. He and his family have since started a charity, Bullet Free Sky, that seeks to educate people about the dangers of firing guns into the air.