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Homeland Security Wants Locals To Be On Alert During Fourth of July

In Columbus, Red, White and Boom may be one of the most heavily guarded by law enforcement because of the threat of terrorism.

Perhaps no celebration is more American than the 4th of July fireworks.  In Columbus, Red, White and Boom may be one of the most heavily guarded by law enforcement because of the threat of terrorism.

Modern day terrorists operate in the shadows of the internet and communicate in black holes, where they are difficult to track.  It's the radicalized loner that keeps law enforcement up at night.

“It's the lone wolf attacks that we really have to pay attention to,” explains Lieutenant Brent Mull of Ohio Homeland Security.

The 2015 Fourth of July falls under the month-long Muslim celebration of Ramadan.  Police say it's during this religious celebration, that a terrorist strike is likely to happen.

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“The month of Ramadan holds a higher place in heaven, so to speak, for anyone who commits a jihad, so that's something else we have to look for,” Mull says.

At Red, White and Boom, police will be paying close attention to what people carry to the event.  If you're planning to bring a cooler, police say don't leave it unattended because it will be searched and possibly confiscated.  Police adds that if you need to bring a cooler, label it with your name and cell phone number in case you do leave it unattended.

“Any item, any containers that can store something that can go ‘boom,’ we're looking at it,” adds Mull.

The public can help by using the Ohio Homeland Security "Safer Ohio" app on their cell phone.  Users can take a photo of someone or something suspicious and send it immediately to Homeland Security.