West Alabama State Fair to add security upgrades

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Updated: 8/28 9:42 am

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Organizers of the West Alabama State Fair say they plan some security upgrades for next year's event after a fireworks explosion prompted fears of gunfire during this year's fair.

Erin Treadwell, development coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, said the fair plans to have extra security personnel and a security checkpoint at the entrance for next year's fair.

Treadwell said police told her that a group of teenagers Saturday night dropped firecrackers in a barrel and someone yelled, "Gun!"

Treadwell tells The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/1lhx98b) that organizers offered free admission to everyone from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in an effort to compensate those who lost time at the fair because of the scare Saturday night. The carnival company also honored Saturday night wristbands for a time on Sunday.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com

 

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