Frederick city advises that film shoot includes fake guns

Posted at 6:35 AM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 06:47:02-05
The city of Frederick is advising residents and visitors that a film production this week will include fake guns.
City spokeswoman Patti Mullins said in statement Monday that the production activity on Wednesday and Thursday nights also will include actors in law enforcement SWAT gear.
She says the crew will be filming at the MDL Holiday Cinemas property near the intersection of U.S. 40 and U.S. 15, about a mile and a half west of the city center.

"We try to always keep the public informed any time we know of an event that might generate interest or concern," said Patti Mullis with the city.

There may be concern when in a movie theater parking lot off a busy stretch of town, residents might see people in SWAT gear, simulated weapons and a general chaotic scene.

The city didn't feel it needed to but rather wanted to alert the public so no one thought what they may witness was a real mass shooting or other emergency situation.

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Mullins says film crew is with Story House Productions. The company has produced reality, documentary and non-fiction programming for National Geographic, Smithsonian Networks, and the Discovery, History and Travel channels.

"We've had other film production crews that involve similar materials and we're just aware that if someone were to drive by and see someone with what looked like a weapon or SWAT gear, they might think something is going on," Mullins said.

It is unclear what they are filming or what it may be used for, but the city of Frederick wants to let its residents know it's Hollywood, not Frederick.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.