Dump trucks be­ing used to pro­tect Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tom Hays

Fans of the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade who come to see the soar­ing SpongeBob and Snoopy bal­loons may get a far less heart­warm­ing sight this year: gi­ant dump trucks filled with sand.

More than 80 city san­i­ta­tion trucks will be used at in­ter­sec­tions and other strate­gic spots along the 2 ½ mile pa­rade route to cre­ate an im­pos­ing phys­i­cal bar­rier to ter­ror. The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand.

“You can ram a New York City San­i­ta­tion De­part­ment sand truck with a lot of things, but you’re not go­ing to move it,” said John Miller, the New York Po­lice De­part­ment’s top coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cial.

While the trucks have been used like this be­fore — most re­cently to pro­tect Trump Tower — the New York Po­lice De­part­ment says they will play a big­ger role at this year’s pa­rade in the wake of the cargo truck at­tack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 peo­ple and a re­cent post­ing in an English-lan­guage Is­lamic State mag­a­zine that called the pa­rade “an ex­cel­lent tar­get.”

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