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Expo 2015 chief confident in world’s fair security measures

April 10, 2015

MILAN (AP) — Expo 2015′s top official said Friday that security measures for the world’s fair opening next month won’t be substantially altered following the courthouse shooting in Milan that left three dead.

“We feel secure that we are doing all that is possible and correct to do,” Giuseppe Sala told reporters the day after a shooting spree by a real estate developer on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy in Milan’s courthouse raised concerns about security at the event expected to attract 20 million visitors over six months. Expo opens May 1.

Sala said protocols have been worked out over the last 18 months with Italy’s top law enforcement officials, drawing on practices applied to events like the Olympic Games or entering major amusement parks.

Visitors will be checked by metal detectors, security wands and other surveillance methods to ensure weapons and other dangerous materials do not enter the fairgrounds, Sala said. Trucks supplying the world’s fair, which focuses on food and nutrition, will be scanned.

Some 750 private security guards will be deployed during opening hours, backed by a yet-to-be determined number of Italian law enforcement, Sala said.

Sala said there will be no entrances without metal detectors “in light of what happened at the courthouse,” where investigators believe the gunman used a fake credential to pass through an entrance without scanning equipment intended only for accredited court officials.

The fairgrounds are ringed by a 3-meter 15-centimeter (10-foot-plus) high fence, and more than 4,000 video cameras will be operating.

“It is wrong to spread the idea that coming to Expo will be dangerous,” Sala said, adding that no world’s fair has ever been the object of a terrorist attack.

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