MIAMI
12/31/2013 10:00 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Miami Still Has To Remind People Not To Fire Guns On New Year's Eve

Most people celebrate New Year's with Champagne and the hope of getting lucky at midnight.

In Miami, the mayor and pop star Pitbull still have to remind folks that firing guns into the air is bad. That's because the city has only made it two consecutive years without someone being injured by a stray bullet from celebratory gunfire.

"We are making an appeal to the residents of the city of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and South Florida to abstain from using guns on New Year's Eve," said mayor Tomas Regalado.

He stood next to a poster on which Pitbull's face hovered above a bullet. "One bullet kills the party," it read.

The area's history with accidental New Year's Eve shootings isn't great. Minutes into 2010, a 6-year-old Italian boy was dining with his family in the Design District when he was struck by a stray bullet. The boy survived, spending months in the hospital, but the incident generated headlines around the world.

Others have been killed. In 2008, an 11-year-old boy was shot to death in Opa-locka when his uncle fired a gun into a couch in celebration, not realizing the boy was behind it.

The previous year, a father of five was killed in West Little River when a bullet fell on the top of his head.

And on the last night of 2006, a 69-year-old Plantation man was killed when struck by a gunfire from an assault rifle.

"Those bullets that come up in the air will come down," cautioned Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson on Monday.

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