Officers began scanning vender vehicles for explosives early Tuesday morning as the city braced itself for Red, White & Boom traffic.
Each vehicle that rolls onto venue grounds must drive over a scanner that photographs the undercarriage. A bomb technician who is trained reviews the images and looks for anything suspicious or out of place. Once the vehicles are scanned, they are searched by dogs trained to sniff out explosives.
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said that security is critical during large events like Red, White & Boom.
“It would be a great opportunity for someone who was involved in terrorism to come down here and make a statement,” Scott said.
Truck driver Bruce Sparks said that he welcomed the hassle.
"We need to be safe and we need to make sure that nothing gets through that doesn't need to get through," Sparks said. "These guys are just doing their job and I feel safer when my family comes down here for Red, White & Boom knowing these guys check every truck out."
Officers will patrol the event on foot and on bike until 2 a.m. Wednesday.
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