SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) — Law enforcement officials kept a close eye on Tuesday’s Halloween celebrations in Salem in the wake of a deadly terror attack in New York City.
Officials said about 75,000 people were expected in Salem Tuesday for the town’s biggest party of the year. Security preparations have been worked on for months, with specific guidelines being tailored after other attacks. Barriers protected sidewalks and streets were shut down to traffic to protect people. A perimeter of trucks also surrounded the downtown area to prevent any attacks from vehicles driving into crowds.
Salem Police said there have been no threats towards events in town but they are monitoring the situation in New York City. They are also in contact with state and federal officials.
About 100 Salem police officers are patrolling downtown Salem Tuesday, plus 200 from surrounding towns like Hamilton and Peabody. There are also security cameras setup throughout the area.
Those attending the festivities in Salem Tuesday said they are aware of the risk but feel safe with all the security in place.
“We have a good police department in Salem, one that cares about the activities we have but also about being safe and having fun,” one woman told 7News.