DETROIT -- Officials are again urging residents in Detroit and Wayne County to refrain from firing guns into the air as they celebrate Jan. 1.
The annual "Ring in the New Year with a Bell, Not a Bang" campaign was kicked off Monday. Police, clergy and other city leaders are asking people to ring bells instead of shooting guns as the clock strikes midnight.
Shooting guns skyward has been an unwritten tradition for decades in Detroit and some other cities.
The bell-ringing effort was started by the Rev. Nicholas Hood III after Sandra Latham was killed in 1997 by a stray bullet while sitting in her dining room in Detroit.
Police Chief James Craig says officers will be on patrol New Year's Eve and arrest anyone caught shooting a gun.