ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit Balloon Fiesta Park over the course of nine days, and safety officials don't want to take any chances.
Look up and look around. If you're at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, there's a good chance someone is looking out for you.
Fiesta officials say they reevaluated their security plans following this year's Boston Marathon where a pair of powerful explosions ripped through a crowd near the finish line killing three people.
"I think our biggest threat is what's out there that wants to hurt us," Al Tetreault of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, said. "It's our opinion that we want to be proactive, rather than reactive."'
Tetreault said more cameras have been placed around the park, and that they'll be rolling on footage all day.
"Our goal here is to man our cameras 24 hours a day and actually look for the type of things that occurred in Boston," Tetreault said. "That means somebody leaving a package or whatever."
Up to 80,000 people visit the park on an average Balloon Fiesta day. From Albuquerque police to the FBI, 160 agents, officers and firefighters will be patrolling the park at any given time, too.
FBI officials say their presence at Balloon Fiesta will not be diminished because of the ongoing government shutdown.
"We work to protect life and safety," FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol Lee said. "That's what our main goal is. The event, since it's got international and national coverage and participation, it's important that we're here."
Lee says they'll have the same number of agents out to help with surveillance and to respond to possible threats.
Officials say you can be a big help in keeping Balloon Fiesta safe. They say alert a public safety officer if you see something suspicious.
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