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Family rocked by bullet fired into sky

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Leon Clements and his family built a Florida room for comfort and good old R & R, at their home in St. Petersburg.

"We put this on so we can use it all year round, now you wonder 'am I going to be safer in my house?'" asked Susan Tuttle.

Thursday night the new addition was anything but peaceful.

Around 8 o'clock, while others watched the rockets red glare, these folks began hearing a different kind of boom-- celebratory gunfire.

"The first one I heard was a rapid fire," said Leon Clements.

One of those bullets, apparently shot off for the 4th of July, wound up falling through their roof.

It lodged in a table just feet from where the family was sitting.

"Devastation. I feel violated. I really do, because we were sitting out there," Tuttle said.

St. Pete Police say it was likely a large caliber rifle round.

It pierced two pieces of aluminum and foam. Luckily that's all.

"Anybody that would've been standing there would've been hit in the hand or head," said Clements.

Similar celebratory gunfire seriously injured teen Diego Duran on New Years 2012, when a falling bullet hit him in the head.

It is illegal to fire off guns like that, but sadly police say people still do it often.

"These are not tools to be used in celebration they are deadly weapons," said Mike Puetz with the St. Pete Police Department.

Clements knows it'll likely happen again, so he has this message for irresponsible gun owners.

"Think before you pick up that gun and fire up in the air...what goes up comes down," he said.

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