There have been several dump trucks filled with Sand, lining the streets surrounding New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City this week.
The reason that these trucks are in place is because they provide a dense, protective barrier in the event of a bomb, which many are preparing for on New Years Eve. The anti-terrorism strategies are deployed by law-enforcement officials to ensure public safety.
Like most years, the Time Square New Year’s Eve event is going to be heavily policed. This year there is a record number of police officers attending the event after the series of terror attacks throughout this year.
Here’s some of what you might see there on New Year’s Eve:
- 65 sand-filled dump trucks
- 100-plus patrol cars
- 7,000 officers
- Specially armed counterterrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs
This is similar to Election Day, where Dump trucks filled with sand surrounded Trump Tower and the Javits Center, where Hillary Clinton watched the election results.
The New York Times reported in 1983 that the Reagans ate their Thanksgiving dinner while dump trucks filled with sand surrounded the White House after there was a bomb scare.