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Boy: falling New Year’s bullet hit his face, broke 2 teeth

January 3, 2022 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was hit in the face by a bullet that was fired during New Year’s Eve celebrations and fell from the sky.

The bullet went in Fabian Rivera’s cheek and out his throat. It broke two of his teeth, he told WWL-TV.

“You have to be careful not to shoot the weapons up,” Fabian told WDSU-TV, pointing at his wounded cheek. “The (bullet) could fall down, and that thing could kill someone.”

He was on a swing set in the backyard of a home in New Orleans when the bullet fell, WWL-TV reported.

Fabian was looking at the sky and listening to fireworks when he got off the swing with blood on him and began crying, said his friend, 10-year-old Diana Lopez.

Fabian was taken to a hospital, and is now recovering at home.

The child was hit about 10 p.m., police said in a news release.