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SLED conducts bomb sweeps ahead of Carolina Country Music Festival

Source: Mandy Noell Source: Mandy Noell

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Police are working behind the scenes to make the Carolina Country Music Festival safe for the tens of thousands expected to attend. Ahead of the festival kickoff at noon, the grounds were completely cleared - no one allowed inside except police and SLED agents with K9's to do a bomb sweep of the site.

Police said there's a lot going on behind the scenes they can't even talk about because this is such a large-scale event Ahead of these kind of events, every measure is taken to make sure that safety threats are assessed and handled.

Lieutenant Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said police assessed the festival as a low-risk, but that doesn't affect how they're handling safety procedures. So the SLED bomb squad scoured over and under and inside everything on the grounds, even the stage.

Crosby says that is necessary, especially because the property is so large. The team and police will be keeping a watchful eye all weekend on site.

Sometimes out of your range of vision, as they will also be on top of nearby buildings and other vantage points.

“We're also using the surveillance cameras that we recently installed along Ocean Boulevard, and the other vantage points as well,” Crosby said. “We're using a wide variety of resources to monitor the crowd, monitor the traffic and make sure this event site is safe and make sure everyone has a good time as possible.”

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