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Amid terror concerns, July 4 security to be tight

With concern high about possible terror attacks during the July 4 holiday, the Massachusetts State Police sought Tuesday to reassure those heading to the concert on the Esplanade this weekend, saying security will be tight.

“As we have in past years, we have an extremely rigorous, multi-layered security plan in place,”
said spokesman David Procopio. “We urge people not to give into fear, to come to the event and enjoy themselves, and if they see anything that looks out of place, tell police.”

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security called for law enforcement to be on alert in light of recent terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait.


“Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see,” Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement. “We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.”

Procopio said that while federal authorities are reiterating that the significance of the July 4 holiday makes it an attractive target for extremists, they have not mentioned any threats specific to Boston or any other location.

“We will continue to work with our federal partners to review intelligence with an eye toward any localized credible threats, of which there are none at this time,” he said.

In addition to visible security — uniformed troopers, tactical units, and helicopters — police will also maintain an undercover presence, and security cameras will be in place.

Authorities have also banned drones from the area for July 3 and July 4, saying they cause undue concern.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.