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Security at Grand Illumination a consideration for public safety officials

In the wake of national tragedies and the recent pipe bomb explosion in downtown Williamsburg, some may be concerned about safety among the crowds during Grand Illumination.

“As always, Colonial Williamsburg takes the safety and well-being of all the attendees very seriously and have planned appropriately for the security of all,” said Joe Straw, Colonial Williamsburg’s public relations manager. The foundation declined to offer details.

Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department said they’re taking additional precautions, but there’s no particular need for the community to worry.

“We have to take precautions based on national trends, but we haven’t received any specific information that would make us worrisome,” he said.

Visitors can expect to see officers mainly at controlled traffic points where roads are closed, Riley said. Street closures will begin about noon Sunday. Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said state police officers will also be onsite to assist with security as well.

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