Philly police say security will be enhanced for July 4th

Mike DeNardo
July 03, 2019 - 4:17 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are executing a well-practiced security plan for Thursday's Fourth of July events. But there are some changes this year.

"There are no specific or credible threats to Philadelphia or any of our Fourth of July scheduled events," said deputy police commissioner Joe Sullivan.

Sullivan says while there is a general FBI warning about domestic terrorism, it's a nationwide alert and authorities know of no threats here. 

Thousands are expected to attend the Independence Hall ceremony, the parade, the Parkway concert and fireworks.  

Sullivan says a bike rack perimeter will be set up between the Art Museum and Logan Circle, with bag checks at ten entrances. Weapons are not allowed, and neither are drones.  

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You can bring unopened alcohol as long as you're 21.

And Sullivan says don't think of trying to avoid the search.

"Fence jumpers will be stopped. They will be cited and they will be removed from the venue. If they come back then they will be arrested for a more serious charge," he said. 

There will be extra officers at locations where there were problems last year, said Chief Inspector Joel Dales.

"Along Columbus Boulevard, Delaware Avenue, we had one incident where a male allegedly had a gun, which we believe he did. So this year we looked at our after-action reports and we decided to beef up patrols along Columbus Boulevard as well as South Street," Dales said.