City of Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick issued a statement regarding security for Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville event.
“I want to assure the public that law enforcement and all emergency agencies in Jeffersonville are working together to ensure the highest level of security at this event, as we have for many years, in conjunction with more than 14 federal, state and local agencies,” Hedrick said in a press release.
“We have had security protocols and emergency response contingency plans in place for all public events, including Thunder, for many years, and will continue to execute these existing plans and procedures which provide our residents and guests of our city with the highest degree of safety, security and emergency responsiveness possible.”
In response to the bombing that occurred Monday at the Boston Marathon that killed three and left hundreds injured, and an alert issued by the National Terrorism Advisory System of The United States Department of Homeland Security, Jeffersonville will add more security personnel to this year’s fireworks and air show.
“This year, we have made some personnel adjustments that will allow for more law enforcement to be in the event area,” Hedrick said in the release. “This will allow us to have more police presence in the event area at Thunder. Our security protocols have been slightly adjusted per threat advisory, but the general public should expect things to look like Thunders of the past, so bring the family down to the river and enjoy the day.”
Jeffersonville police will also be patrolling the area on two new all-terrain vehicles paid for by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
ROAD CLOSURE REVISIONS
Closures related to Thunder Over Louisville on exit and entrance ramps to Interstate 64 in Louisville have been revised, according to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet press release.
Due to a concert at the KFC Yum! Center and a Louisville Bats baseball game this evening, the I-64 entrance and exit ramp closure times have been pushed . The Third Street exit ramp will be closing at 10 p.m. instead of 3:30 p.m. today, April 19. The Second Street entrance ramp will be closing at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 instead of 3:30 p.m. today, April 19.