Stray bullet shoots through St. Pete home on July 4th

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Illegal celebratory fire on July 4th hit one man in the face, and another falling bullet went through a family's home. Both incidents happened in St. Petersburg, just three miles apart from one another.

One incident happened near 10th Avenue and 16th Street. A bullet fell straight on to a man's face, hurting his eyebrow and neck. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to St. Petersburg police.

Another bullet fell through Leon Clement's home off 11th Avenue and 40th Street. They have a double aluminum roof with three inches of foam inbetween the aluminum. 

"The bullet was about one-and-a-half inches long and a half inch wide," said Clements. "The police said it was a military style bullet."

Clements and his wife have a dog and six cats. Their youngest cat, Gizmo, usually is sitting on the table where the bullet landed.

"It landed straight down into the table and it was stuck so tightly in there the police had to pry it out," said Clements' wife, Susan Tuttle. "If it had hit Gizmo, that would have killed me."

They said two years ago on New Year's Eve more celebratory gunfire went off nearby, and a bullet landed in the trunk of their neighbor's car.

"This illegal gunfire needs to stop," said Clements. "These people are not thinking about the consequences of their actions shooting off a weapon like that. We could have been killed, or one of our pets, or the children playing outside could have been killed with those bullets showering down on us."

St. Petersburg police told 10 News injuries from illegal celebratory gunfire happens every year.

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