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Aloft festival increases security in wake of Boston bombings

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The new logo of "Aloft" appears on the festival website. (aloft.org) The new logo of "Aloft" appears on the festival website. (aloft.org)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Festival planners said there will be increased security measures in place during this year's Aloft in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Festival leaders said earlier that back packs would be banned. In addition to backpacks, large tote bags and other items were added to the list.

"Boston may seem far away but violent acts can happen anywhere and we want to make sure we've got the appropriate safety measures in place," said Simpsonville Police Chief Steve Moore.

The Memorial Weekend festival presented by Greenville Health System will feature increased security presence through the help of the State Law Enforcement Division's mobile command center, extra officers and more.

"We're also looking at ways to identify bags that have been screened so people with a legitimate purpose for carrying bags won't be hassled," Moore said.

Baby bags and bags carrying medical equipment will be allowed but will be screened. Purses must be smaller than 12 inches in any dimension.

"It won't be too much different from last year," said Aloft executive director Cindy Nelson. "Festivalgoers are used to being screened and now they just won't be allowed to bring in big bags."

Festivalgoers can bring folding chairs and blankets, but they will be screened as well.

"We don't want to inconvenience anyone," said Nelson. "If visitors need to access any items from their cars, we'll make it convenient for them to enter and exit the festival with our armbanding system and our free shuttles. Aloft is a positive event for our community and we want to make sure it's a great experience for our attendees."

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