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Kentucky Derby Security Clamps Down After Boston Bombing

Reason 24/7 note: Purses, backpacks, coolers and cameras are all severely restricted. Frankly, you're better off having a party at home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, security at Churchill Downs this Kentucky Derby weekend will be even stricter than in years past — especially at the entrance gates. It’s more likely you will to be scanned by a magnetic wand or have your belongings picked apart in the search for forbidden contraband.

And that likely means longer lines.

More items have been banned this year too — on the theory that if there’s less being brought in, that will help ease the congestion from the heightened scrutiny.

If you are caught with an item the track says you shouldn't have, you have two options:

1) Go back to your car, drop it off, and get back in line

2) Give it up, and it will be thrown away

You can’t check items and come back after the race to retrieve them. That would take too long and be too difficult, said Kevin Flanery, president of the Churchill Downs racetrack.

“It’s just impossible for that type of crowd,” he said.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, security at Churchill Downs this Kentucky Derby weekend will be even stricter than in years past — especially at the entrance gates. It’s more likely you will to be scanned by a magnetic wand or have your belongings picked apart in the search for forbidden contraband.

And that likely means longer lines.

More items have been banned this year too — on the theory that if there’s less being brought in, that will help ease the congestion from the heightened scrutiny.

Purses, backpacks

That fancy new purse that holds every possible necessity for a long day at the races?

You will have to give it up if it measures more than 12 inches in any direction — height, width or length.

Source: The Courier-Journal Gannett. Read full article. (link)

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  • An0nB0t||

    That'll show those goddamn terrists.

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