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138th Preakness Ups Security Measures
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:17 PM EDT
It’s a tall order to protect tens of thousands of people, but law enforcement was out today in full force. FOX45 learned about all the security upgrades at one of the sport’s biggest events.
Among the crowds of people headed to Preakness, were lines of police in every direction including the Baltimore City police arson and bomb unit and even search and rescue team. One attendee said, “It’s a little overwhelming that so many are here, like I said it’s better to be safe.”
The Preakness is steeped in tradition, which typically brings out more than a hundred thousand people; in direct response to the Boston Bombing brand new security measures began this weekend.
“The Preakness has been waiting just for you, let me see what’s in that brown paper bag buddy,” said another Preakness attendee.
Today the Preakness banned backpacks, duffel bags, cameras with long senses, and only clear coolers were allowed. Every person was searched with a hand wand, and those signature hats had to be briefly come off for inspection.
While most people didn’t mind the increase in security, the main complaint was that the new restrictions meant you had to spend more money on food and drinks at the event.