FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Release No. 127 Monday,
June 27, 2011, 3:00 P.M., CDT
Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams
Public Information Officer
Telephone No. (205) 254-1708
Fireworks and Celebratory Gunfire Operation
The Birmingham Police Department announces today that an operation aimed at reducing
the unlawful use of fireworks and discharging of firearms within the City Limits will take place on
the 4th of July holiday weekend. Celebrating the
4th of July holiday by shooting in the air is not only unlawful, but dangerous as well. This
operation will take an aggressive approach at targeting those individuals that choose to take part in
the use of fireworks and the reckless behavior of discharging firearms as a form of celebration.
The Birmingham Police Department will have additional officers and support personnel
out in force to help combat and enforce the fireworks and firearms ordinances of the city.
The operation will utilize the Shot Spotter System as well as citizen complaints to target offenders.
Officers will also be placed in strategic locations throughout the city to address the illegal
We are asking that citizens refrain from using fireworks and shooting their weapons
during this year’s celebration. If you see someone firing a gun, call the police. If a stray bullet
from your gun should hit or kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with felony assault or
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper states, “Our goal is to help ensure citizens
have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend without the fear of injury from illegal behavior.”