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Clark County officials construct "Thunder City" to monitor crowds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The known problems on Louisville's waterfront may push more people over to the southern Indiana side of the river for Thunder.

Leaders there have obtained a copy of a leaked FBI memo that identifies potential threats of violence made by the YNO gang.

In response, Jeffersonville officials have set up an emergency command center designed to address any incidents there.

Meanwhile, people who live in the neighborhood are looking forward to the annual airshow and fireworks. Mike Tanner lives just a few feet from Ashland Park and enjoys the annual neighborhood expansion.

"It's absolutely awe-inspiring being this close to it," said Tanner.

Tanner says can watch 100,000 people without leaving his living room -- and he's already seen his share of police and security.

"As you can see, we've got law enforcement here already," Tanner said.

That's reassuring for Tanner, especially after the recent news of gang violence at Louisville's waterfront.

Clark County safety leaders will be in direct communication with the Metro Command center should any problems cross either side of the river.

"We're basically treating this as what we call 'Thunder City,' said Amir Mousavi, the Jeffersonville Safety Manager. "So it's separate from normal operations, we will staff this. We treat this as a whole city by itself."

Thunder City will be the event management hub bringing southern Indiana police, fire and EMS all under the same roof.

It's set up specifically for the annual event.

Jeffersonville is bringing in its own surveillance feeds, giving 10 different camera angles on crowds in and along Riverside Drive.

Meanwhile, Indiana State Police will manage 250 local, state and federal officers from the Clark Memorial Bridge.

"We're going to be combining together to have traffic patrol, foot patrol, and officers just setting surveillance," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of Indiana State Police. "We're even going to have a bomb squad...and we're also going to aircraft up in the air. We're going to be monitoring things from the sky"

"Any problems or flash mobs or whatever you call them today -- we always plan for those issues," said Mousavi. "And we ask the citizens to let us known if they see anything suspicious or anything that has the potential to become violent."

Tanner says he feels secure.

"Thunder will be fun for everyone who comes," he said. "I don't think a few troublemakers are going to ruin it for Louisville. That's not going to happen."

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