City preps for safety enforcement during July Fourth holiday weekend

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CLEVELAND-- The city of Cleveland is getting ready for the holiday weekend, but along with fun comes safety.

Two of the city's main concerns? Fireworks safety and celebratory gunfire.

Fireworks safety/laws

The city is reminding residents that they will be out in force this weekend enforcing fireworks codes. They say illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and the cause of  a vast majority of injuries over the fourth.

Setting off or exploding any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks, is illegal.

Those who don't follow the law will be cited. The city states:

"Unnecessary Noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited in accordance with the city’s noise ordinance: 605.10(b)(10) “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree."

Celebratory Gunfire

According to the city of Cleveland, celebratory gunfire is also illegal and dangerous.

"In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating the Fourth of July or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating," the city stated in a press release. "The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away."

The city says safety forces will be patrolling neighborhoods all weekend long.

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