Se­cu­rity in fo­cus

Cape Breton Post - - News -

Avid con­cert­goer Mark Chu­ra­man can’t shake the dis­turb­ing images of the sui­cide bomb­ing that tore through the Manch­ester Arena on Mon­day night.

He was at the venue him­self a few years ago and re­mem­bers fil­ing out of the same rows of seats where hun­dreds of un­sus­pect­ing teenagers ran for their lives.

And he’s stood in­side the vast foyer where many of the 22 vic­tims died when an ex­plo­sive ripped through the space.

“It made my stom­ach roll,” the 32-year-old Toronto res­i­dent said of hear­ing the de­tails about the ter­ror­ist at­tack at the Ari­ana Grande con­cert.

“I can only imag­ine the chaos and mad­ness that must’ve oc­curred there.”

Chu­ra­man, who es­ti­mates he’s at­tended more than 300 con­certs since he was a teenager and sees roughly 30 shows ev­ery year, said he was also shaken by the Novem­ber 2015 ter­ror­ist at­tack at the Bat­a­clan in Paris that left 89 peo­ple dead.

“Any time I go to a show now the thought does cross my mind — what if some­thing hap­pens,” he said.

“Con­certs are sup­posed to be an es­cape from the dark­ness and the neg­a­tiv­ity of the world.

“But I do try to not let that af­fect the mo­ment.”

Some venues are tak­ing ex­tra steps to en­sure con­cert­go­ers feel safer in the com­ing weeks, even if there isn’t any sign of im­mi­nent dan­ger.

Height­ened se­cu­rity is planned for Toronto’s Air Canada Cen­tre where Cana­dian su­per­star the Weeknd is sched­uled to play back-to-back shows this week­end. Other in­ter­na­tional stars like the Chainsmok­ers and Neil Di­a­mond are slated for the com­ing weeks.


Peo­ple ges­ture as they at­tend a vigil in Trafal­gar Square, Lon­don, Tues­day for the vic­tims of the at­tack which killed over 20 peo­ple as fans left a pop con­cert by Ari­ana Grande in Manch­ester on Mon­day night.

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