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Continued: Minnesota event organizers give security plans a second look

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY
  • Last update: April 18, 2013 - 4:51 PM

Bus and train operators, many of whom have had two years of training regarding suspicious activity, were told to be particularly aware of questionable packages and to immediately report any unusual findings to authorities.

The Minnesota State Fair beefed up its security after the Sept. 11 attacks, “and we haven’t dialed back,” said Jerry Hammer, State Fair general manager.

Hammer described Monday’s Boston Marathon as “a learning experience and a wake-up call reminding us that anything can happen at any time in any place.”

He said the fair gate security will continue to screen vehicles, ask for driver identification, restrict when and where vehicles can travel and “do other things we can’t discuss.”

Security elsewhere

In Washington, D.C., near the Pentagon’s subway station, two military personnel toting guns and a security official in a bulletproof vest were spotted by one of the station’s entrances.

Bomb-sniffing dogs and security officers were also deployed Tuesday to Chicago’s Union Station.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said security had been beefed up at all its rail stations.

In London, police with bomb-sniffing dogs were seen Tuesday afternoon around such landmarks as Big Ben and Trafalgar Square ahead of the Thatcher funeral, but officials said the searches were routine and unrelated to the Boston attacks.

French authorities ordered security forces to reinforce patrols in public places “without delay,” urging citizens to be on the alert for suspicious-looking packages or abandoned baggage but to avoid panicky reactions.

Although security has been increased at some U.S. and European landmarks, overall terror threat levels have remained unchanged.

 

Staff writer Bill McAuliffe, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paul Levy • 612-673-4419

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