Boston bombings raise concerns for Fiesta

City re-e­valuating safety plans following deadly bombing


With the start of Fiesta just a few days away, many San Antonians are wondering what city officials are doing to make sure the event goes off safely in the wake of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The deadly explosions in Boston show how large crowds can be easily targeted but local officials say they plan for all kinds of threatening scenarios when it comes to large scale events in the Alamo city.

Fiesta San Antonio CEO John Melleky tried to reassure the public that this year’s Fiesta will be safe despite the new concerns raised by the explosions in Boston.

With a large scale event like Fiesta, there are always safety concerns that need to be addressed.

Melleky wouldn't talk specifics but said the city is already discussing ways to beef up security with the help of SAPD and the fire department.

"There always is (concerns) with any event but what you do is you plan it out and now with this of course there will be heightened awareness with everybody," Melleky said. "We want Fiesta to be safe and friendly and we hope that it will be this year and look forward to it."

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said his department is well trained and ready to respond to a large scale mass casualty event like the Boston bombings.

"Hopefully that will never happen in San Antonio, but we are prepared for it," Hood said. "We want the citizens of San Antonio to rest assured that we have a robust response system that is prepared to respond to events such as this today and that security will be very high."

Hood said everyone can play a part in making Fiesta safe by keeping your eyes open for anything out of the ordinary and reporting any suspicious activity.

"We want people to be hyper-vigilant. We're going to have 350,000 people plus out at these events so we want those sets of eyes to be vigilant and to report that activity so we can investigate it," Hood said adding he doesn't want people to live in fear. "If people are afraid to go out and enjoy the things they normally do then whoever did this has basically won."

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