Published: Dec 29, 2011 4:37 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Miami city officials are urging residents not to celebrate New Year's Eve with gunfire.
    
Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa and other officials will hold a news conference Thursday to implore the public to abandon the tradition of firing into the air to celebrate at midnight on New Year's Eve.
    
Regalado says such gunfire is not only illegal but also reckless in a densely populated area.
    
When the bullets fall back to earth, they sometimes strike innocent bystanders. Just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2010, a 6-year-old Italian tourist was struck in the chest by a falling bullet. An 11-year-old boy playing hide-and-seek behind a couch on Dec. 31, 2007, was struck and killed by five bullets after a man fired celebratory shots into the furniture.

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