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Security will be visible at Lansing holiday event

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The recent wave of terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East have police reviewing their security plans for big events, includinga major holiday event this Friday in downtown Lansing.

Up to 80,000 people are expected to head to Lansing Friday night for the annual Silver Bells event, which includes a parade and lighting of the state Christmas tree on the Capitol grounds. 

But Friday also marks the one-week anniversary of the Paris terrorist attack that killed 129 people. The day before, more than 40 people were killed in twin terrorist bombings in Beirut. One person from Dearborn died in the Beirut bombings.

Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski refuses to discuss specifics of security for Silver Bells.    

But he says the department has a “comprehensive operational plan” and his officers will be highly visible during the event.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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