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High Security For NYC Halloween Parade After Shooting, Bomb Scares

October 31, 2018 - 10:32 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Metal barricades and no parking signs line the Sixth Avenue parade route from Spring to 16th streets, where some 60,000 costumed characters and as many as a million spectators will gather under a heavy police presence to celebrate Halloween.

NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said police will be keeping a close eye on things after a slew of pipe bombs were mailed to major Democrats last week, including in New York City, and 11 people were killed in a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

“Due to the fact of some recent incidents we’ve had in the last weeks with suspicious packages, as well as the incident in Pittsburgh, there is a level of concern,” Harrison said.

Last year’s Village Halloween Parade went on without a hitch despite a terror attack on the West Side bike path in which eight people died. It was the worst act of terrorism in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill attended a public memorial for the victims at the corner of the West Side Highway and Chambers Street, where Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov allegedly went on a murderous rampage that ended when a patrol officer outside Stuyvesant High School shot him in the stomach.

O'Neill says revelers can expect to see new security measures at Wednesday’s parade. 

The NYPD's critical response command, strategic response group, K-9, aviation and ESU units will join uniformed and plain clothes officers on the streets. 

Metal police barricades line Sixth Avenue and there is no parking in the area. Spectators will see sand-filled sanitation trucks blocking vehicles from entering side streets leading to the parade route.