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U.S. capital tightens security on Independence Day
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08:07, July 05, 2007

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Authorities in Washington put in place enhanced security measures on Wednesday to thwart the possibility of a car bomb targeted at Fourth of July celebrations.

The measures were made in the wake of three terrorism attempts in London and Glasgow last week, various U.S. media outlets reported.

U.S. capital police officers enforced extra restrictions on parking, urged local companies to report unusual sales of propane and said they are even enlisting parking enforcement workers to report cars that appear to be sagging or emitting an acrid odor.

Hundreds of D.C. police, U.S. Park Police, Capitol Police and other emergency responders are on duty for festivities at the Capitol Hill and on the Mall.

As with most major events in the District since the 9/11 terror attacks, authorities have worked for months on extensive security plans.

After the U.K. car-bombing attempts, security efforts in Washington have been intensified.

Other major U.S. cities are also taking unusual precautions.

New York has intensified the use of vehicle checkpoints and expanded police patrols at Herald, Union and Times squares and in the theatre and financial districts.

Los Angeles has increased security around large nightclubs, financial institutions and several high-rise buildings as well as airports and ports.

Source: Xinhua

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