Security increased at Big E because of shootings elsewhere
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — It's the opening weekend of the annual Eastern States Exposition and officials have new security measures in place at New England's largest agricultural fair.
Visitors will have to pass through metal detectors, 25 of which have been placed at the entrances to the Big E.
Security towers also have been erected around the fair to give law enforcement a better view of the grounds.
The moves are in response to mass shootings across the country, including the July shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., where a gunman killed three people and injured 17 and the Sept. 3 shooting that left three people injured outside the Minnesota State Fair.
More than 100,000 people were expected Saturday at the Big E, which runs through Sept. 29.
Stories that may interest you
Fasano: Democratic co-chairs of Transportation Committee ignoring requests for another port authority hearing
There is an "immediate need for further hearings investigating the allegations of untoward behavior" at the Connecticut Port Authority, including those made by the ousted office manager, Fasano said in a recent letter to the co-chairs.
The governors from several Northeastern states say they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping
Nearly 200 Connecticut state employee managers have joined forces with a major union, hoping to gain more clout at the Capitol
A lawyer for convicted home invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky has told the Connecticut Supreme Court that his client deserves a new trial because a judge refused to move the proceedings out of New Haven