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Nogales.- Every year at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, a cacophony of booms and blasts erupt in Ambos Nogales as people on both sides of the border ring in the New Year with fireworks, firecrackers and gunfire. But the raucous celebrations are more than just noisy, officials say. New Year’s gunfire also causes property damage, injuries and runaway animals. “Celebratory gunfire can have drastic consequences,” the Nogales Police Department warned in a Facebook post on Dec. 29, in which it urged people to report the practice anonymously via 911 or the USPDHub app. “It’s illegal to shoot a gun in city limits,” said Officer Oscar Mesta, a Nogales Police Department spokesman. “Someone can get hurt or injured.”

This year in Nogales, at least four people reported property damage caused by stray bullets overnight on New Year’s Eve, including holes pierced through their roofs. Whether those bullets came from Nogales, Ariz. or Nogales, Sonora – where the majority of the festivities take place – is impossible to say after the fact, Mesta said, adding that while NPD puts out warnings every year asking people not to fire their guns, it’s difficult to prevent. “All we can do is ask people, if they see it, call the police,” he said, but often people don’t notice holes in their roofs or other damage until the next day, making it difficult to know where the bullets came from. “We know across the line they do shoot a lot from celebrating, so we ask people, just be cautious.”

 And while reports north of the border this year were limited to damaged homes and vehicles, at least three people in Nogales, Sonora sustained injuries related to the celebratory gunfire and at least 11 people in the state of Sonora reported being hit by stray or falling bullets on Jan. 1, according to local news reports. “It can kill somebody. You’re still getting the power, the speed,” Mesta said. “I’m just glad that no one got hurt or injured this year (in Nogales). Roofs can be repaired.” 

Animal instincts People and property aren’t the only things affected by the riotous New Years celebrations. 

The loud, unusual noises also cause a lot of fear in animals, who don’t understand what is going on and are not used to hearing gunfire and fireworks, said Sgt. Daniel Estrada at the Santa Cruz County Animal Care and Control Center. Every year on New Year’s, he said, animal control is bombarded with calls of animals that have run away due to the loud noises, and news reports from Nogales, Sonora also noted a surge in strays in the first days of the year. “They’re scared, they’re hiding in sheds, in people’s houses. Dogs don’t know where the noise is coming from, so they just run and run until they can’t hear it any more and they lose track of where they are and get lost,” Estrada said, adding that while the loud noises also scare other animals, reports of lost or hiding dogs are the most common.

Like Mesta, he added that there is little authorities can do to stop people shooting off guns or fireworks, especially across the border, but suggested that pet owners take precautions on holidays like New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July either by keeping their dogs inside or visiting a vet to get tranquilizers or other remedies to keep their dogs calm. He added that pet owners should think ahead and either be with their pet, leave them with another person or make sure they are in a safe place when the noise starts. If someone’s pet does go missing, they should search the area and ask neighbors, because dogs are often hiding rather than roaming around, and they should call animal control as soon as possible, Estrada said. “You’d be surprised how many people wait a week, and we’ve had their dog here and legally we’re only supposed to keep an animal 72 hours, though we will hold them for 96,” he said. “Then by the time they call the animal has been adopted or rescued or even euthanized if people don’t come in time.” 

Public response 

 A video recorded at midnight Dec. 31 and posted online Jan. 1 by the Nogales International depicting the chorus of gunfire in the downtown area had been viewed more than 5,000 times on YouTube and had reached more than 40,000 Facebook users by Thursday. People commenting on the video expressed shock and anger at the activity. “How sad that with so much public outreach on prevention, this still happens due to such ignorant people,” Facebook user Roberto Carlos Medina wrote in Spanish. Also commenting in Spanish, Melina Barnett wrote: “Ignorant people without a heart or brain don’t think of the damage they can cause.” “Fireworks were fun and sufficient,” Jenny De La Rosa posted, adding: “(D)amn idiots.” Jesus Chuy Moraila called the celebratory gunfire “senseless ignorance,” while Laura Morales remarked on the apparent inevitability of the tradition. “It’s very scary,” she wrote, “but that’s Nogales.”