New Year starts with (too much) bang in Cameron

CAMERON—A few Cameron residents started 2012 with a little too much celebration at midnight Saturday.

Police in that town said fireworks, and a few guns fired into the air, greeted the new year.

Police Chief Randy Dixon said there were no reports of anyone being injured but termed the situation “very dangerous.”

Officers counted 20 to 30 high-powered shots at one point.

Both fireworks, and discharging firearms, are illegal inside the Cameron city limits.

Police surmised that persons who did not have fireworks, but did have weapons, simply fired those weapons into the air to celebrate the new year.

No arrests were made. Police responded to the areas where gunfire and fireworks were reported but said those involved had hidden when they saw police arriving.

There were no reports of any similar incidents in Rockdale during the New Year’s holidays.

With the prolonged drought, the Christmas New Year’s holidays was the first in many months where there was no ban on fireworks in rural areas. But possession and use of fireworks remains illegal in Cameron and Rockdale, due to city ordinances.

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