Shooting on New Year's Eve a tradition, also felony
On New Year's Eve the Yuma Police Department responds to numerous reports of “shots fired” within the city limits. However, firing those shots is a felony offense.
“This is a dangerous practice, and there is no place for it in our community. Illegally discharging a firearm in the city limits places citizens at risk of injury or death,” said Yuma Police Chief John Lekan. “Those caught discharging a weapon in this manner will be subject to arrest and prosecution.”
Yuma police are also encouraging anyone who witnesses this type of criminal activity to call the police department immediately.
“We want to keep our community safe. This New Year's Eve you can choose not to participate in this type of celebration and help keep your family, friends and others safe,” Lekan said.
Also, while it is now legal to possess or use novelty/minor types of fireworks, such as ground and hand-held sparkler devices, cone fountains, illuminating torches, spinning wheels and toy smoke devices, many types of fireworks still remain illegal in Arizona.
Fireworks designed to rise into the air and explode or detonate above the ground are still illegal, including those commonly known as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, torpedoes, roman candles and jumping jacks.
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter would like to offer some safety tips for the holiday as well.
“Adhering to a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said Dan Curtiss, the emergency services director for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross.
Don't overload electrical outlets, and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets aren't able to get to them.
Pick a designated driver when attending a party, and provide nonalcoholic beverage options when hosting a party.
Ensure that children and pets are away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners when leaving the kitchen.
For road trips, make sure vehicles are in working order by checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid levels, as well as cleaning lights and windows.
Also equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit consisting of water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit and blankets. Check weather and road conditions. Share travel plans with someone, including intended route and estimated time of arrival.