Gunfire, illegal fireworks also usher in the new year

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Island residents welcomed the New Year Wednesday. Most took in one of the three fireworks displays that lit up the skies around the island. (Image taken from viewer contributed video)
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Island residents welcomed the New Year Wednesday. Most took in one of the three fireworks displays that lit up the skies around the island, but others celebrated with gunshots and fireworks of their own.

Thousands gathered beachside along Tumon and Agana Bays on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2020 at the stroke of midnight, with a bang.

A 12-minute fireworks display lit up the sky above each location. ShowPro Pyrotechnics staged both events, each of which was accompanied by music, air horns, and cheers of delight from those looking on

ShowPro owner Jeff Sanchez told the Pacific News Center that both shows are a mirror of each other.

A third Guam Fire Department-sanctioned fireworks display took place at the Leo Palace Resort in Windward Hills.

A celebration of a different sort took place in Agat

Aside from the sound of pots banging, gunshots were heard and private displays of fireworks lit up the sky as the traditional new year’s motorcade wound its way through the village, tossing treats to children and adults celebrating the new year.

Agat Mayor Kevin Susucio said there were no reports of injury and no complaint filed with his office.

“We couldn’t really pinpoint it because during New Year’s eve the staff and I actually go around and we actually have a little parade with our Angoco company. So we heard it and we could see it in the air but we couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from,” the mayor said.

According to Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao, officers from the Southern Precinct Command responded to numerous shooting complaints during New Year’s eve in the villages of Asan, Piti and Santa Rita which he said were unfounded.

And there were no reports for illegal fireworks reported to police that night.

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