Gunshots or fireworks: Here’s how to tell the difference
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Pop-pop-pop, a thunderous boom, or 30 seconds of rapid-fire cracks, but can you tell if it's gunshots or a fireworks? Hopefully, you'll never find yourself asking this question, but being able to quickly distinguish gunshots and react is important safety information.
We spoke with Alicia Moore, who works with the Richmond Police Department's Public Information Office, to learn how to distinguish the difference between fireworks and gunshots.
“Gunshots are very crisp and they have a certain timing or cadence to them.”
“Fireworks are very loud, just like gunfire, but they are very sporadic. There is a lot of crackling, sometimes they echo and sometimes there is a whistle before the fireworks start.”
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