The sounds of fireworks could be frequently heard across East Texas on New Year's Eve as well as through the early morning hours of New Year's Day. Unfortunately, some of those loud bangs were more than fireworks, it was celebratory gunfire

According to a report from the Lufkin Police Department, officers are investigating an overnight shooting that left a Lufkin man hospitalized in an out-of-town hospital.

The man, whose name will not yet be released, was struck by a stray bullet from what appears to be celebratory gunfire at midnight. The incident took place in the 2200 block of North Raguet Street, near Morris Frank Park.

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The man was taken to a Tyler hospital where he remained as of midday on Monday. No report on his official condition has been released.

The Lufkin Police Department has yet to release details on any arrests in this incident. The investigation into what occurred is ongoing.

Every year, as New Year's and the 4th of July approaches, police departments across the country issue warnings about firing guns in the air to celebrate the holiday. The message of 'what goes up, must come down' is repeated over and over.

Seven years ago, a Texas lawmaker was injured when a stray bullet struck his head on New Year's Eve. Texas Representative Armando Martinez bears a scar from the bullet that struck his head.

Police officials also drive home the message that firing into the ground is not good either, as dangerous ricochets can occur.

As far as celebrations go, just be careful with the fireworks and leave the guns locked up.

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