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Law enforcement to Pittsburghers: Don't shoot guns in celebration on New Year's Eve
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 27, 2019 | Rich Lord

Posted on 12/28/2019 4:27:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department is preparing for a New Years Eve display that only they will see: The annual lighting up of the ShotSpotter system.

The system, which covers 18 square miles of Pittsburgh -- around ⅓ of the city -- uses powerful microphones to detect and locate gunshots, and occasionally misreads fireworks as a firearms discharge.

On New Years Eve, according to city Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, the system’s display “lights up like a Christmas tree” as people fire guns or fireworks into the air. He said the system picked up dozens of gunshots in the minutes leading up to midnight of New Years Eve last year.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will be staffed up to respond to every incident of apparent gunfire, he said.

“There’s a good possibility that if you fire a shot, you’re going to see a police officer relatively soon,” said Mr. Hissrich. If you don’t see an officer that evening, you might still get a knock on the door in the days that follow, he added, because ShotSpotter can often pin down the address from which a gun was fired.

Deputy Police Chief Thomas Stangrecki noted that bullets fired into the air can fall on people or buildings. Firing a gun within the city is a summary offense, and depending on circumstances, more serious charges like recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief or assault can also apply.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: banglist; chat; duh; guns; localnews; newyearseve; pennsylvania; pittsburgh; shooting
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DUH! (Hold muh beer . . .)
1 posted on 12/28/2019 4:27:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 100American; al baby; Allegra; BufordP; dp0622; EveningStar; Gefn; GunsareOK; JRios1968; ...

Hold muh beer for the New Year!

DANG!


2 posted on 12/28/2019 4:28:22 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xzins; carriage_hill

In the hinterlands of red southcentral Pennsylvania flyover country the five minutes before 12:00 AM New Year’s Eve and thirty minutes after will sound like a Civil War reenactment.

Music to my ears!


3 posted on 12/28/2019 4:33:18 PM PST by lightman (The Millenials are asleep in their "wokeness".)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So ... a guy could run around lighting M80’s in front of liberals’ houses and they would get a visit by the police the next day? Hmmm...


4 posted on 12/28/2019 4:33:45 PM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
ShotSpotter can often pin down the address from which a gun was fired.

So the moral to the story is always walk down to the neighbors house no one likes and pop off a few rounds.

5 posted on 12/28/2019 4:34:36 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

or fire the gun from a liberals porch.


6 posted on 12/28/2019 4:36:00 PM PST by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The lead will be flying as usual in San Antonio, where Mexicans consider shooting into the air a right. So what if the bullet comes down and kills a chid watching fireworks, as has happened. That’s just fate.


7 posted on 12/28/2019 4:38:37 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Side note to Joe “Shotgun” Biden: Do not celebrate in Pittsburgh this New Year’s Eve.


8 posted on 12/28/2019 4:43:59 PM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: txrefugee

29 Dec: ABC America: AP: Science teachers, students get Times Square New Year’s stage
This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second countdown.
“On New Year’s Eve, we look back and reflect on the dominant themes of the past year, and seek hope and inspiration as we look forward,” Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said in a statement Saturday announcing the plan. The honorees, he said, “are working to solve this global problem through science.”...
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/science-teachers-students-times-square-years-stage-67958478


9 posted on 12/28/2019 4:44:36 PM PST by MAGAthon
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Pitt seems to be an intellectual sinkhole.


10 posted on 12/28/2019 4:48:17 PM PST by Colt1851Navy (What was wrong with Nixon?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
He said the system picked up dozens of gunshots in the minutes leading up to midnight of New Years Eve last year.

Dozens?

Pittsburgh natives must be low on ammo or something. Years back, in "poor" neighborhoods in Ft. Wayne, IN, it was like a war had started. The most interesting part was hearing all the lead come back down through the trees, hitting roofs, etc. It was a bit risky to be out observing on my Grandpa's roofed front porch, I suppose, but we did it anyway. (Foolishness of youth?)

11 posted on 12/28/2019 4:48:55 PM PST by Paul R. (The Lib / Socialist goal: Total control of nothing left worth controlling.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This claim is a bunch of crap.


12 posted on 12/28/2019 4:50:59 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Here in Carnegie, people bang pots and pans to ring in the New Year.


13 posted on 12/28/2019 4:56:56 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In this area and others where all the lots are acreage some folks of all ethnicities have family members who fire a few shots into the air at midnight-but this is BFE and far from the city-no crowds, no traffic, etc no danger of hitting anyone and little danger of hitting livestock-but fireworks are more common-safer and cheaper than wasting ammo and much prettier to look at...


14 posted on 12/28/2019 5:01:59 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys-you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yes. What goes up must come down. Besides, populated areas, it’s too much noise at midnight.


15 posted on 12/28/2019 5:02:36 PM PST by familyop ( "Welcome to Costco. I love you." - -Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This makes as much sense as publicizing off-limits bars overseas, as the Navy does. Tell people what they can’t do and they’re more likely to do it.


16 posted on 12/28/2019 5:09:35 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: lightman

If I still had the nursery property, I’d invite a load of people over for some tracer firing; I have 10,000 5.56mm red tracers just waiting for some airborne time. Plus a few cases of Dragon’s Breath 12ga shells.

Oh, well...


17 posted on 12/28/2019 5:38:56 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Jeeze yinz are stupid!


18 posted on 12/28/2019 6:11:10 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The jokes on them. I use a suppressor!


19 posted on 12/28/2019 6:14:43 PM PST by CrazyIvan (The Democrat party. A collaboration of Cloward-Piven and Dunning-Kruger.)
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> Jeeze yinz are stupid! <

Only a nebby jagoff would say something like that.


20 posted on 12/28/2019 6:42:44 PM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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