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Memphis in May officials take security seriously

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(WMC-TV) - The bombings at the Boston Marathon prompted authorities around the world to double and triple check security for upcoming events.

With Memphis in May right around the corner, Vice President Diane Hampton says the organization is doing everything in its power to keep the nearly quarter of a million people safe during the month-long event.

"With Memphis in May, we're always planning and looking at security," Hampton said.

In three weeks, thousands will descend on downtown Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival.

This three day music event kicks off the Memphis in May celebrations and Hampton wants to make sure everyone is safe.

"All packages, purses, bags are subject to search...backpacks that come into the festival can be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches," Hampton added.

During the month of May, Tom Lee Park becomes the fourth largest city in Tennessee.

Hampton says one thing that is different about Memphis in May is the fact that it is a contained event.

"We are a gated event, which means we have a controlled perimeter and we watch all those things very carefully," explained Hampton.

Hampton says Memphis in May staff re-evaluated their safety procedures after the attacks on September 11.

She says the Memphis in May staff coordinates the safety plan with many agencies, including the FBI and Homeland Security every year in order to keep the large crowds safe.

"We live in a world where you have to think about the unthinkable, you have to plan for the unimaginable," she continued.

Hampton says Memphis in May has an excellent ranking for safety and security.

For more information about this year's Memphis in May festivities, click here: http://www.memphisinmay.org/

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