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Security out in force at Thunder; spectators feel safe

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The LMPD Bomb Squad was making preparations early Saturday morning. The LMPD Bomb Squad was making preparations early Saturday morning.
Kathy Daugherty said she felt safe at her tailgating spot at a Louisville Slugger Field parking lot. Kathy Daugherty said she felt safe at her tailgating spot at a Louisville Slugger Field parking lot.
People staked their claim on a spot at the Belvedere early Saturday. People staked their claim on a spot at the Belvedere early Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, many people were concerned something similar could happen during Thunder Over Louisville. But organizers say they are confident in their security plans.

Early Saturday morning, the bomb squad was out making preparations for the day. Thunder-goers said the sight was a little scary at first but ultimately found it comforting.

Kathy Daugherty has been setting up a tailgate spot at the Louisville Slugger Field parking lots for years. She was there when the bomb squad set up. "They were starting to line up and come in," Daugherty said. "You know, it scares you at first, but then you think, ‘Well, at least we're safe. They're right here with us.'"

Sara Katz said she didn't mind seeing them at all. "Yeah, I'm definitely not upset to see the bomb squad here," Katz said.

All week Kentucky and Indiana law enforcement officials reassured the public that solid plans were in place to ensure the safety of everyone at Thunder Over Louisville. On Saturday, the National Guard was stationed, the Louisville bomb squad gathered in two different locations, officers marked the area on foot and in golf carts and K-9 units dispersed.

Tony Meredith went to the Waterfront to watch the day's events. "I feel safe," Meredith said. "I don't think anything's going to happen. I think it's going to be a normal Thunder, and I hope everybody has a good night."

At security checkpoints at The Great Lawn, every cooler, purse and bag was checked before people could enter. Thunder-goers said they didn't mind at all; in fact, they appreciated it after the Boston bombings.

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