The Department of Homeland Security is taking a closer look at security procedures in Nashville following the deadly explosion at a UK concert venue Monday night.
The terror attack killed 22 people outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
“Anytime these things take place, security is adjusted,’ said Megan Buell, spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security.
Buell said while there are no credible threats to Nashville, busy events like CMA Fest and the Stanley Cup Final call for more security.
“You may notice, you may not, but we’re always making sure that Tennesseans are safe, and we’re always monitoring 24/7,” Buell said.
Retired Metro Nashville Police Officer Buford Tune said most venues do not allow purses, backpacks, or large bags inside. Security personnel are also trained to watch the crowd for suspicious activity.
With attackers getting more creative, Tune said certain crimes can be hard to prevent.
“You have to take into consideration that if the bomber wants to get it in there, he can sneak it in, whether it’s a part of his body or clothing, or any item that can be a suspicious item is what the community has to look for.”
Milian Tesfay works downtown and went to Monday’s hockey game at Bridgestone Arena. He said terror has never crossed his mind.
“There’s some things in life you can’t control but that shouldn’t stop you from living, and I stand firm by that,” Tesfay said.
Homeland security said if you are planning to come out to CMA Fest or the Stanley Cup Final, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is be aware of your surroundings.
If you see something suspicious or out of place, tell a nearby law enforcement officer.