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Celebratory gunfire can lead to $2,500 fine

South Bend officials have increased fines for shooting a gun irresponsibly to $2,500.

The South Bend Common Council amended the ordinance earlier this month and the increased fine went into effect December 25.

“The fine is intended to prevent celebratory gunfire,” Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said in a press release. “We want residents to stop and think how their celebration can turn into another family’s tragedy.”

The South Bend Fire Department is also urging residents to use fireworks safely and legally on the holiday.

You can be fined up to $500 for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property.

You can be charged with arson if the fireworks cause a fire or injure someone.

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