New Year's Eve Security to Be Especially Tight in Wake of European Terror Attacks
This year, security alerts extend beyond Times Square.
As preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations are underway across America, security is at the top of everyone’s list.
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Germany that left 12 people dead and other 56 injured at a Berlin Christmas market earlier this month, officials around the globe are stepping up security.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued a security bulletin declaring concern over "unaffiliated lone offenders and homegrown violent extremists targeting" the nation's largest New Year's Eve celebration at Times Square in New York where one million people will watch the ball drop.
The bulletin goes on to state there are no specific or credible threats to the annual Times Square celebration.
Security expert Peter Moreno points out that the alert extends beyond New York City.
“Well lately, the vehicle-borne attack is a big concern. Placing barriers is a way where you can have a public gathering without fear of having a vehicle penetrate that area,” he told Inside Edition.
A virtually impenetrable ring of sanitation trucks, filled with tons of sand, was deployed at the recent Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to prevent such an attack like that in Nice, France, in June during Bastille Day.
Revelers can expect to see the same around the perimeter at Times Square as 65 sanitation trucks and 100 other "blocker" vehicles will form a protective barrier, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.
The celebrations won’t end on New Year’s Eve. One high-profile event will be the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, where one million cheering spectators will line the five mile-plus route.
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