Tight security planned at World Series (VIDEO)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fans planning to attend World Series games in St. Louis should expect tight security.
St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson met Monday with state and federal law enforcement officials, government leaders and others. Representatives from the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were also there.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that while there are no known terrorist threats targeting St. Louis or Boston, Dotson said agencies are preparing for all hazards.
“This isn’t our first trip to the World Series. We’ve done it before,” Dotson said. “We know how to go through this and to do it in a way to keep people safe. But fans have to realize you might have to wait in line a little bit longer while you walk through” a metal detector.
As Boston prepares for Game 1 on Wednesday, bars and vendors around Fenway Park were asked to clear up outside by the end of the fifth inning. Barricades were put in place. Security includes police dogs.
The series moves to St. Louis on Saturday, and Dotson said fans attending games at Busch Stadium should give themselves more time to make it through the gates. Bags will be subject to search, and some fans will be subject to random wand checks with metal detectors. Some gates may be outfitted with walk-through metal detectors.
Dotson said air monitors will check for “foreign substances in the air.” Radiation detectors will also be in place. Bomb-sniffing dogs will work in and around the ballpark. Dotson would not say how many extra patrols will be deployed.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure that there is no stone left unturned, and that the resources are there,” Dotson said.
The Transportation Security Administration will take some measures at the airports and on public transportation.
It was just six months ago that deadly bombings occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That bombing of a high-profile sporting event has prompted law enforcement agencies to “step up our game a little bit,” Dotson said.
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