Increased Security at Fire Over the Fox
NBC26 News Team
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GREEN BAY - Record crowds are expected for this year's Fire Over the Fox celebration in downtown Green Bay, and that has police enforcing new security measures to help keep people safe.
In light of the tragedy in Boston, police are limiting what you can bring in this 4th of July, by banning coolers and large bags.
Officers are launching a new initiative this year, called "See Something, Say Something". They're encouraging people to report any suspicious activity directly to police.
With a crowd of close to 80,000 people expected, Fire Over the Fox organizers say security is their number one concern.
"We want to make this a safe event, and we want this to be an event that continues to last for decades to come," said Jeff Mirkes with Downtown Green Bay, Inc. "We want it to be safe for everyone."
While coolers and large carry-in bags are not allowed this year, officers say lawn chairs and blankets are acceptable.
Police are also banning pets and personal fireworks of any kind.