Published: Dec 31, 2010 5:28 PM EST
Updated: Dec 31, 2010 2:29 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Police are asking for a little common sense on New Year's Eve: Please don't fire guns into the air. As Miami-Dade Police Director Jim Loftus says, "Because what goes up must come down."

Law enforcement authorities, city officials, clergy and community activists are asking partygoers to put down their weapons Friday night.

The dubious Dec. 31 tradition of firing guns into the air to celebrate the new year can have tragic consequences. A 6-year-old Italian tourist dining outside a Miami restaurant was seriously wounded by a falling bullet in 2009. Two South Florida men were killed by stray New Year's Eve bullets in 2007.

A 19-year-old Wesley Chapel man suffered a head wound Thursday night after someone fired shots at a ceiling during a party in Tampa.