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Bullets rip through street signs, endangers nearby homes

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Fred Nash Boulevard hasn't been open for very long, but two signs along the road have already had to be replaced by vandalism. The road signs, about 30 feet apart, were full of bullet holes.

"Damaging the sign, that's malicious injury to city property," said city spokesperson Mark Kruea. "Discharging firearms in city limits, that's a misdemeanor."

Employees from the Public Works Department replaced the damaged signs Friday morning. While Myrtle Beach had replacement signs on hand, they still cost the city money.

"After making the aluminum print of the sign, putting the reflective material on, and sending people out to put it up, it costs about $250-$300," Kruea said. "It's not cheap, but it's not terribly expensive."

This crime isn't a regular vandalism though. There are homes within 100 yards of the road signs, some right in the trajectory of the bullets fired. Local firearms experts say it's lucky the crime wasn't worse.

"If it's a full metal jacket round, which those appear to be, they'll go the farthest than any other ammunition," says Concealed Weapons Permit instructor Don Comfort. "When they hit something, if they make a hole, they go right through you."

Comfort says this act looks like it was done by someone who doesn't understand gun safety, especially because one of the first things taught to gun safety students is knowing what's behind your target.

"If you shoot something you intend to shoot, and the bullet goes through it and keeps going, it could hit something you didn't intend to shoot."

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