Tight Security at Lansing Fireworks

The music, the food and the fireworks are at Lansing's Fourth of July celebration year after year. What's easier to see this summer is the security.

More than 100 officers will patrol the park, including bicycle and motorcycle units, undercover agents and a dive team.

"We're taking all precautionary steps to ensure our residents the highest level of security," said Captain Daryl Green of the Lansing Police Department. "Our citizens should feel safe."

Visitors will be greeted by fencing and hired security officers, who will check all bags and pat down some people, looking for weapons and alcohol. No fireworks of any kind are permitted either.

Lights and security cameras will help officers keep their eyes in more places at once, while police say extra steps will be taken to monitor any type of celebratory gunfire in the area.

"We are safer than ever downtown," said Mayor Virg Bernero. "There will be a heavy police presence. It will be a family atmosphere."

Bernero and Green say they are so confident in the safety, they will be bringing their own families to the festivities.

Concessions are served starting at 6:30 before the Lansing Concert Band takes over at 8:00. Fireworks begin around 10:15.

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