Festival officials address security concerns after Boston tragedy

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 11:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Following the explosions at the Boston Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival officials responded to security questions regarding the 70 events that lead up to the Kentucky Derby.

“We feel confident at this point that Thunder is going to go off and that Thunder is going to be a safe event, as we plan for all of our events to be safe,” Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival, said.

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“We work with state and city agencies and federal agencies who specialize in bomb detection and chemical detection,” Matt Gibson, security coordinator, said.

Gibson said their security plan is constantly evolving and comprehensive and they have not currently made any changes to it. John Asher, spokesman for Churchill Downs, also said no changes are currently in place.

“The issues that people are thinking about today are the issues that we're thinking about year round and right now it's far too early to tell if there will be any changes to this year's Kentucky Derby,” Asher said.

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LMPD has not said if there will be an increased presence on their part, but they are expected to address security on Tuesday at a scheduled briefing.
 

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