Fans Deal With Extra Security At Blues Game
ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – The Boston bombing victims were in the hearts of the crowd and players at the Scottrade Center Tuesday night.
The Blues paid tribute to the victims with a moment of silence prior to their game with the Vancouver Canucks.
Blues officials also said there were added security measures in place and added security workers hired for the game.
Lines were longer for fans getting in, with metal detector “wanding” and bag searches.
But a St. Louis expert on sniffing out threats like home-made bombs told FOX2 your best defenses were your eyes and your gut.
Blues, NHL, and Metro mass transit officials, along with the St. Louis Police and Fire Chiefs said there was added security from Metro-Link platforms to the swearing in of St. Louis Mayor, Francis Slay, and Tuesday. They would not be specific.
‘We`ve taken some steps. But if I discuss the steps on camera, it might defeat the purpose of taking those steps,’ said Metro`s Richard Zodt.
The public had no more sense of what to look for than did people at the Boston Marathon.
‘With large crowds like this I guess it`d be pretty simple to just kind of blend in; which I guess is what happened in Boston, just kind of blend in with the crowd, do what you`re going to do, and get out of there,’ said Blues fan, Michael Comer of New Madrid.
He said security concerns were not about to keep him from the game.
‘No, because then you let them win. I don`t want them to win,’ he said.
‘Just going with the flow and keeping Boston in our hearts and prayers and sending our best wishes up there to them,’ said Blues fan, Katie Brand, of Washington, MO.
Brian Dolan is hardly your typical Blues fan.
The former St. Louis cop is now part of Blue Line Solutions: a group of former police officers and federal agents specializing in corporate security; protecting everything from buildings to business executives.
He returned from Pakistan in January.
He`s seen bombs hidden in an innocent kitchen devices like the pressure cookers said to be used in Boston.
He said the Boston bombings bore the tell-tale signs of being international terrorism.
‘At this point it`s not domestic. Most domestic terrorists, they`re mad at the government. They`re mad at an agency. Their targets are going to be a hard target facility representative of the government or that agency. They`re not going to detonate devices in a crowd that are going to hurt a lot of people,’ Dolan said.
He also said ‘people watching’ was likely a more effective approach to personal security than a public focus on devices.
‘In Iraq these things (explosives) are hidden in the carcasses of dead animals along the highway.
Here, you so those kinds of things you don`t think twice. You think, well I`ll call the street department`,’ Dolan said. ‘If I`m looking at a crowd of 12 people, if 11 people are smiling, I`m looking to see who`s not smiling. If there are bags left in the restrooms, if there are bags left in the concourse.’
He said those were things he’d report to police right away.
The St. Louis Police and Fire Chiefs called on the public to do the same thing.