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KDF: Thunder Over Louisville will go on as scheduled

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The deadly explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday will mean even tighter security at upcoming Derby events.

Kentucky Derby Festival officials say Thunder Over Louisville and other planned festivities will take place as scheduled, but with "heightened awareness."

KDF officials called an emergency press conference with city officials immediately following Monday's explosions. They reassured the community that a sufficient emergency plan is in place to deal with terror threats.

KDF President Mike Berry says the plan takes into account any and all disaster scenarios.

"It outlines what exactly what we would go through in an event in case of an emergency and how we prepare for that," Berry said. "Those plans were actually put together with the input and the assistance of the agencies and Metro Louisville and in state government, even federal agencies that we work with."

The KDF Marathon and Mini-Marathon are set for April 27, and attract more than 50,000 people, and event organizers will be working with law enforcement to keep people safe. The public is urged to stay vigilant as well. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to report it.

Louisville isn't the only place re-examining security procedures after the deadly blasts. Police in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and London are also looking more closely at security for upcoming events.

In Washington, D.C., the Secret Service has expanded the security perimeter at the White House. A spokesman says that's "out of an abundance of caution." Pennsylvania Avenue was shut down outside the White House, with yellow police tape cordoning off the area and patrol cars blocking the streets.

In New York City, response teams have been deployed around the city and security has been stepped up at hotels and other locations.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff has increased security for tonight's Los Angeles Dodgers game as well as on mass transit lines . It has also opened an emergency operations center.

British Police say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon.


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