Heightened Security at Common Ground

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Common Ground Music Festival kicked off it's 14th year Monday night.

Up to 80,000 people could show up at Riverfront park this week to see all the different acts. That means keeping things under control is a top priority.

Security checkpoints have been placed at each entrance to the park. People lining up Monday afternoon were checked multiple times for any prohibited items, some people even got a pat down.

"We maintain the security check points. We prohibit people from brining in weapons like firearms, knifes, and fireworks," said Mike Yankowski, Lansing Interm Police Chief.

Lansing PD will have more than a hundred officers out each night inside and around the festival.

"We will be deploying officers on foot, bike, motorcycles, and in patrol cars."

Exactly how many officers will be patrolling will depend on the crowd size of each night.

Lansing police aren't the only ones patrolling the grounds, more than five security teams that will be at the event at all times. They say they're ready for anything

"Number one situation we are prepared for is an emergency evacuation. Whether it's climate, or a bomb threat we have plans set in place," said Tristyn Wright-Meyer, with Common Ground Operations.

A little rain won't stop the event. But if there's thunder and lightening, or high winds, everyone will have to be moved to the Lansing Community College across the street.

"Walk quickly but calmly over to the nearest evacuation gate to the Gannon building or a shelter to protect you. Stay put until we give the signal that it's clear to return," explained Wright-Meyer.

Lansing police and fire will have tent next to the first aid center if anyone needs assistance.

"All this is to create a safe environment so people can enjoy Common Ground Music Fest."

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