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New Year’s Eve bullet tears into East El Paso home

The Dobson family said they heard fireworks and bangs all New Year Eve but didn’t think much of it until the next morning when they discovered a hole in their kitchen ceiling.

An East El Paso family had a nasty surprise this Monday morning after a bullet tore into their roof.

The family lives off of Trawood Drive near Montwood Drive.

“This isn’t exactly the way we wanted to start our new year off,” said Michael Dobson.

The Dobson family said they heard fireworks and bangs all New Year Eve but didn’t think much of it until the next morning when they discovered a hole in their kitchen ceiling.

Dobson got up on the roof and found a bullet hole.

“You never expect to find a bullet hole in your ceiling,” said Dobson.

The police took a report from the family but told the Dobsons it's unlikely they'll be able to find out where the bullet came from.

Reckless discharging of a gun in celebration is illegal in the city.

“Unfortunately, there’s no way to really trace it,” said Dobson.

Now the family is dealing with repairing their roof and a close call.

“It could have been a fatality, obviously it wasn't, but it did damage to our house,” said Dobson.

They want others be more thoughtful before popping off.

“Bullets don’t magically disappear. What goes up must come down,” said Dobson.

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