MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – What goes into facilitating safety for the Carolina Country Music Festival? Much more than the average person could probably guess. It begins in the morning before any concertgoers arrive on the site with a bomb sweep of the whole space.
The festival is what law officials assessed as a "low-risk event." They don't expect a security threat, but they are fully prepared for one.
"First and foremost is when anyone comes to a site is 'Do I feel safe?' 'Do I feel safety and have security?'" explained MBPD Spokesperson Joey Crosby. Maintaining safety means placing watchdogs on the ground, and eyes in the sky.
"We've asked for the assistance of Horry County Police Department and SLED to come in and assist us to sweep this property," Crosby said. Bomb-sniffing dogs, SLED bomb squad agents and HCPD special ops crews scoured the grounds Friday morning, checking in every corner and leaving no hay bale unturned.
"It's not that we anticipate anything, and there's not a threat been made," Crosby clarified. "But certainly, we're going to take the necessary precautions."
They'll do a sweep every morning of the festival, checking once, twice, three times, so that while thousands of care-free concert-goers sing along to the songs they've been waiting months to hear, nothing is putting them in danger.
"Should we experience something during the middle of the event, such as a suspicious package or something like that, we have the resources available right here to handle the situation instead of having to wait for it to come on site," Crosby added.
Crosby said safety is their number one priority, and they want you to have a good time. If you see an officer in gear this weekend at the festival, stop by and say 'hello'.