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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sergeant Bert Anzini 
Public Information Officer
Office: 623.222.4044

Police ask for help keeping New Year's celebrations safe

Surprise, AZ (December 29, 2012) As members of the community celebrate the coming of the New Year, Surprise Police are asking residents and guests of Surprise to keep guns and fireworks out of their celebrations.

Celebratory gunfire is a felony crime and is extremely dangerous.  A bullet that is shot into the air falls back to the ground with enough speed to kill a person.  14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed in Phoenix in 1999 by a bullet that had been fired into the air more than a mile away from where she was in her backyard.

The use of fireworks is also illegal within the city limits of Surprise and should not be part of a New Year's Eve celebration.  Although fireworks may be sold at locations in Surprise, city ordinance makes the use of fireworks within city limits a crime that is punishable by civil and criminal penalties.

The Surprise Police Department asks that anyone who sees either of these illegal activities to report it to police by calling (623)222-4000, or dial 911 when there is an emergency.