Authorities urge vigilance during Thunder Over Louisville


by Adam Walser

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 5:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- “See something, say something," from Churchill Downs to Metro Police and Thunder Over Louisville, that simple saying contains the words to live by in Kentuckiana.

As Boston remains on edge in the search for the 19-year-old suspected bomber, security is getting tighter for Thunder Over Louisville.

Officials say they are always cautious and alert when it comes to Kentuckiana’s largest annual outdoor event, but this year, after the attacks in Boston, they are urging anyone who attends Thunder to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

As tents and tables go up in southern Indiana in preparation for Thunder, officials say so should everyone's radars for suspicious activity.

“We're relying on the public because we know they're gonna see something probably way before we do,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

Goodin says about 250 police officers, sheriff's deputies and troopers will be stationed on the Indiana side of the Ohio River.

He encourages anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary to contact law enforcement.

“Call us. Let us check it out. Let us get some troopers down there, other police officers down there to make sure that it's ok. Let's not take any chances. Let's not overlook anything this year. Let's be vigilant,” Goodin said.

More than a thousand Louisville Metro Police officers will also be looking out for any potential threat, as will the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies.

“I'm not too worried about it, but then I'm a positive thinker. Just hope for the best, and I know it will go really good,” Jonni Tilford, who works at Rocky’s Sub Pub said.

At that restaurant, seating has been sold out for weeks, including under a tent being erected outside.

So far, Rocky’s has not seen any cancellations due to safety concerns.

“They want people to stay home, the terrorists and the bad people that do this. They want to instill fear in people. So we're telling people to come down and have a good time,” Goodin said.

With crowds of up to 700,000 some years, Thunder Over Louisville is one of the largest annual outdoor events in the United States.